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The Perfect Birthday Recipe
The Perfect Birthday Recipe
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Capstone Editions

The Perfect Birthday Recipe

by Katy Hudson
Illustrated by Katy Hudson

Summer birthdays can be lonely, but not when you have great friends like Beavers! This year Tortoise, Bird, Rabbit, and Squirrel insist on baking Beaver’s birthday cake, but Beaver isn’t so sure. He is the ultimate perfectionist and would rather do it himself, following the recipe exactly. Will Beaver’s nitpicky ways ruin his birthday and his friendships? The Perfect Birthday Recipe is the fourth and final story in Katy Hudson's best-selling set of seasonal picture books, including Too Many Carrots, A Loud Winter's Nap, and The Golden Acorn.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level4-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-1
Trim Size10 x 10
Page Count32

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Price: $7.99


Kirkus Reviews

"Hudson's accompanying illustrations use a nice balance of spot and full-page compositions to support pacing and offer faithful depictions of the characters and events in the story. A good sense of movement and expression animates the anthropomorphic characters, adding humor to the telling. Sweet as cake." - Kirkus Reviews

November 15, 2019

ForeWord Reviews - Pallas Gates McCorquodale

"Being a careful, thoughtful, particular sort, Beaver is appalled when his friends take over his meticulously planned birthday cake recipe and add their own, much more chaotic flair. Humorous illustrations in an array of bright party colors showcase the cake catastrophe in all of its well-intentioned glory. Beaver is angry at the interfering—there are worms in the chocolate!—until he recognizes that friendships, like birthday cakes, can be perfectly imperfect, and both are best when shared." - ForeWord Reviews

March 1, 2020

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"This readaloud is full of hilarious moments, from Beaver’s ridiculously specific plans for his cake to Squirrel’s dumping of the ingredients on an angry Beaver’s head. . . . Hudson’s playful line and watercolor art is realistic enough to flaunt the forest’s scenic beauty and the delicious-looking cakes but cartoonish enough that the forest animals have cute, rounded eyes and adorably exaggerated bodies. This would be an entertaining summer read to complement the author’s A Loud Winter’s Nap. It also carries some heartwarming lessons: sometimes the gesture is more important than the outcome, and most things are better shared with friends." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

February 1, 2020

Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers. Her debut picture book, Bear and Duck, received strong reviews, including a starred review from Kirkus. Katy is the author of the best-selling picture books Too Many Carrots and A Loud Winter's Nap, which both received numerous positive reviews. Katy lives in London.

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