The Meanest Birthday Girl

The Meanest Birthday Girl

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It's Dana's birthday, so she can do what she likes. And what Dana likes to do is pinch. And call people names. And steal her classmates' desserts. You probably know a kid like Dana. What can stop her from being so mean? In this story, it's not what you might expect. Because sometimes, it takes a little creativity (and possibly a very large pet) to change a mean kid's ways. Five short chapters with comical full-color illustrations offer a fresh, fun take onbullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780547838144
Branch Call Number: J FF SCH
Characteristics: 48 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm

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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
When a boy that Dana taunts surprises her with a white elephant gift, she comes to realize that sometimes the best gifts need to be shared.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 17, 2013

Odd? Certainly. But it’s willing to go places and do things that most books for kids in the 6-9 age range don’t dare. Not everyone will get what it’s trying to do. And not everyone deserves to. One of the best of 2013, bar none.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 17, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 9

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 17, 2013

As Dana sees it, birthdays are great for one particular reason. “It was Dana’s birthday and she could do whatever she liked.” Fortunately we’re dealing with a young kid here, so Dana’s form of Bacchanalian abandon pretty much just boils down to eating waffles for breakfast and dinner, showing off her birthday dress, and torturing fellow student Anthony. So it’s with not a little surprise that Dana finds at the end of the day that Anthony has shown up on her stoop with the world’s greatest birthday present. There, in the gleam of the house lights, stands a white elephant with pink toenails and a pink bow. Dana is elated and thinks that this is the best gift a gal could receive. It isn’t until she spends a little time with her white elephant gift that she begins to understand not just what a jerk she’s been, but how to spread the elephant “love” to those who need it the most.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Sep 17, 2013

“It was Dana’s birthday and she could do whatever she liked.”

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