Horrible Harry and the Birthday Girl

1 CD. 30 min. Recorded Bks. Jan. 2017. $25.75. ISBN 9781501949357. digital download.
K-Gr 3—Horrible Harry's 34th series installment features his usual messy style and quirky personality. His friend Mary is celebrating her ninth birthday by taking some of her friends by train to a concert and play in a park. However, Mary's advanced planning can't prepare her for the obstacles they will face as they travel. She is convinced that her party is doomed! Fortunately, the snowsuit, ribbons, and lollipops that Harry has packed will save the day. Kline's narrative will speak to many children who struggle with the stress of perfectionism. Harry provides the perfect foil to Mary and encourages her to embrace disappointment as opportunity. Johnny Heller provides his unique voice and expert pacing to this humorous book.
VERDICT Fans of the "Horrible Harry" series will welcome this addition and those not familiar with the characters will embrace this fun listen.

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