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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Birthday Suit - Olive Senior & Eugenie Fernandes

Released January 19, 2012

Olive Senior
Eugenie Fernandes
Annick Press

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Little Johnny loves being naked. There's nothing he likes more than running in the sun, splashing in the ocean, or exploring his town, he likes to do it without any covering. His mother has tried to keep him dressed, but buttons, zippers, and snaps are no match for the rambunctious three year old. It's up to his dad to try to get Johnny to remain dressed.

Birthday Suit is a charming children's picture book. The illustrations are beautiful with vibrant colors to help draw children's interest. Johnny spends a good deal of the book naked, but items are included to keep the nudity modest, so I can't see anyone having issues. Children will likely giggle at young Johnny, but that's a normal reaction.

As a parent, I think we've all had the child who just didn't want to remain dressed. Parents will sympathize with Johnny's mom and dad and kids will simply find a lot of humor in Olive Senior's comical story. With a touching ending, there's a lot to love about this book.

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