Brightly colored creatures take preschoolers on an entertaining excursion through the world of party planning in Happy Birthday, Mouse! by Kate Stone.
All of Mouse's friends have secretly gathered together to throw him a surprise party, and with each page turn, parts of the party begin to unfold (literally!).
The sturdy construction of this chunky board book is perfect for curious preschoolers, and the overlapping pages create a surprising story that will keep young readers engaged. Watercolor illustrations of Mouse and his friends create a cheerful atmosphere, while presents, balloons, and cake beckon even the most reluctant children to keep reading until they reach the surprise ending.
Happy Birthday, Mouse! by Kate Stone; $10.99; Accord Publishing, 2012. Recommended for ages 3+.