|Amanda Panda and the bigger, better birthday|
Author: Ransom, Candice F.
When Amanda Panda finds out that her best friend is turning six the day before her, she threatens to boycott birthdays altogether.
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—In this follow-up to Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten, Amanda is about to be the first in her class to turn six. Since "that makes her famous," she can't wait to go to school and invite everyone to her party. Her excitement is extinguished when she finds out it's already her best friend Bitsy's birthday. Bitsy has a special day at school while Amanda sulks. The crisis continues when Bitsy invites the whole class to her birthday party on the same day as Amanda's. The friends stop talking until recess when they compromise and decide to throw a joint party. Grove's pastel watercolors are lighthearted and detailed, and perfectly reveal Amanda and Bitsy's personalities. Young children will understand Amanda's emotions when her "tummy feels lower than her toes." Her easy-to-read facial expressions expertly reinforce the feeling of being overshadowed. The tension in the story is relieved by the soft illustrations, and the well-designed layout encourages readers to turn the page. Text and illustrations work harmoniously to capture the feelings of disappointment when faced with the sticky situation of having a birthday party on the same day as a classmate, and all the worries that come with it. Ransom addresses some of these challenges with a satisfying ending that demonstrates a birthday might not go exactly as planned, but having a friend by your side is all that matters. VERDICT A sweet story on a familiar birthday party conundrum faced by many school-age children and their parents. An excellent addition for most picture book collections.—Lauren White, Wake County Public Libraries, NC - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.