The Bad Birthday Idea
By Madeline Valentine
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780449813317, 40pp.)
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
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Ben likes to play with robots. His little sister, Alice, would like to play with Ben. But when she and her doll try to join Ben's games, Ben says, "No dolls allowed. This is a robot game."
That's why Alice asks for a robot for her birthday. Not just any robot. The exact robot Ben has been wanting forever!
Ben is very, very jealous. He wants that robot. Now. Maybe he could sneak it out of its wrapping during Alice's birthday party and play with it for awhile. Nobody will know. Right?
But Ben's bad idea goes very wrong and he feels terrible. Now it's up to him to show Alice that a sister is more important than even the best robot toy in the world.
MADELINE VALENTINE grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Queens with her husband. She graduated from Pratt Institute and is the illustrator of Albertine's Got Talent! by Shena Power and Ava and the Real Lucille by Cari Best. This is her first project as both author and illustrator.