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Boa's Bad Birthday

Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

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LoveReading View on Boa's Bad Birthday

Best-selling picture book author/ illustrator duo capture the pitfalls of presents and the joy of them too! Boa’s really looking forward to his birthday and especially to all the presents his friends will bring. But every gift turns out to be completely wrong! Orang-utan brings him a piano but Boa has no fingers! Monkey brings him a pair of sunglasses but Boa has no ears or nose so they keep slipping off. Just when Boa is despairing of getting a single present he likes he gets an amazing surprise. ~ Julia Eccleshare

You can rely on this picture book team for surprises and laughter, whether they’re exploring human failings or some innocuous aspect of everyday life. Here the giving and receiving of presents comes under the Willis Ross spotlight. The animals are bringing birthday presents for Boa but none of them seem to have given any thought at all as to what Boa might actually like. As he unwraps a series of presents totally unsuitable for snakes, including a piano, a hairbrush and a football, his disappointment seems funnier and funnier, until dung beetle tops it all with a present of … you can probably guess. A final clever twist leaves everyone smiling on the last page.  ~ Andrea Reece

Boa's Bad Birthday Synopsis

It was Boa's birthday. It was going to be the best one ever. Or so he hoped. He invited his friends round. They would all bring him wonderful presents. Or would they?

Boa's excitement soon leads to disappointment as he opens his gifts.  A piano for a snake - how will he play it..? Boa has to learn to accept his presents with good grace, after all it's the thought that counts!

A hilarious tale to encourage young children to accept presents gracefully, from
the award-winning team of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

Boa's Bad Birthday Press Reviews

'A hilarious way to encourage young children to accept presents gracefully.' -- Vanessa Lewis Booksellers Choice, The Bookseller

'A dream team of writer and illustrator!' The Times

'The understated humour of Jean Willis’ straight-talking text is the perfect counterpart to Ross’ illlustrations. The Willis/Ross partnership just goes from strength to strength' -- Red Reading Hub

'Willis and Ross have created so many books together that their combination of words and pictures is seamless... A delight' -- Daily Mail

'A book that teaches good manners and emotional resilience in a light-hearted way' -- EYE

'Another hit from one of the most popular author/illustrator teams in children's books today' --           The School Librarian

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ISBN: 9781783441563
Publication date: 04/07/2016
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781849397629
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783441563
Publication date: 4th July 2016
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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