Big Birthday

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Annabelle is determined to have a birthday party that stands out from the rest. The moon seems like the perfect spot! But wearing spacesuits and partying in a place with no air create some challenges that Annabelle didn’t expect. Will her out-of-this-world birthday still be a blast?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017100, JUV039140, JUV053020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 580
ATOS Reading Level 2.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149572
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Illustrator: Holly Clifton-Brown

Holly Clifton-Brown was born in London and attended Chelsea School of Art, Media, and Design and Bristol UWE Faculty of Art, Media and Design, where she attained a B.A. in Illustration. Her work has been exhibited at The London Transport Museum. She is the author and illustrator of Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza and has illustrated other picture books including Big Bouffant and Big Birthday.


Library Media Connection

“While the engaging verse makes this book a lively read-aloud, it is the illustrations that bring the story to life. Clifton-Brown’s skillful use of color and texture add depth and humor to the story while the varied text placement adds interest.” —Library Media Connection


“Clifton-Brown’s whimsical painted illustrations match the spirited nature of the text, particularly in her depiction of freckled sprite Annabelle.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Clifton-Brown’s use of color, texture, shadow, and spot-on facial expressions with a bit of mixed-media collage thrown in is a delightful partner to the text…. Hosford’s rhyming text is fun to read, and kids will enjoy hearing about a great idea gone wrong.” —School Library Journal