Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever

By Laura Joffe Numeroff; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
(Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780810989597, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Otis and Sydney are the best of friends. This year, Otis wants to do something special for Sydney's birthday. So he decides to throw a surprise party and invite all their friends. He mails the invitations, decorates the house, and bakes a cake, but when things don t go as planned, how will Otis make sure that Sydney has the best birthday ever? A sweet and tender tale by the "New York Times" #1 bestselling author of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and the "Jellybeans" series, "Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever" introduces young readers to two lovable bears who understand that friendship is the only thing needed to make any day special.
"Andreasen's digitally colored pen-and-ink drawings nearly jump off the page, maximizing the similarities between the two unabashedly adorable bears and frequently arranging themselves in paneled vignettes whose balance further reinforces the harmony between the two just right for this simple story of friendship for the very young." "Kirkus Reviews"
"Books don t come much cozier or any less threatening than this." "Booklist.

About the Author
Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give... series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she loves to ride horses, read biographies, and play with her pets. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children s literacy.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including "By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner" by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; "A Quiet Place" by Douglas Wood; and "Sailor Boy Jig" by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including "With a Little Help from Daddy" and "A Special Day for Mommy". Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.
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