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If you write a book about giving a mouse a cookie... chances are that book will sell well. If the book sells well, the publisher will want more books. When the publisher wants more books, the author will write more. When the author writes more, she makes some good books like “Happy Valentine’s Day mouse” which whisks you into a world of Mouses’s friends. You question why cat is so strong and why Fox is so bad at hide and seek. Unfortunately, Happy Birthday Mouse falls flat... it follows the story line of Happy Valentine’s Day mouse except instead of wholesome friendships it focuses more on the gluttony of society. This already learned lesson harkens back to the original story and ends with a predictable and lackluster reference (though predictable, I won’t spoil it). My 1 year old loves the taste of the board book though, so 4 stars.
I expected more from this author. My daughter and I love the If you Give A...series and so I thought this would be a great book to give my daughter for her second birthday. It was very boring. You may be saying, well, it's a board book, not meant to be riveting reading material. I would say that maybe that used to be the case, but there are so many great board books out there now. This one is basically the mouse deciding what he wants to eat because it's his birthday and he can have whatever he wants. He basically goes through a list of what his friends like in the If You Give A...series. So there are muffins, pancakes, etc. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....There are better birthday board book options out there - skip this one.
I bought this book for my granddaughter 2nd birthday. She loves these mouse books and I was so happy to find a birthday one. They are so sturdy she carries them around all day long dropping them and reading them.