|Picture Book of the Year
The publisher says...
From the author of the best-selling Mermaid! and Unicorn! and one of the world’s hottest new picture-book illustrators comes the story of a plucky young cockroach who gate-crashes a birthday party – with hilarious results. Funny, silly and surprisingly cute, Your Birthday Was the BEST! is the perfect blend of downright gross and delightfully entertaining.
The author says...
The CBCA judges say...
The premise of this story is refreshingly new and offers a different perspective on birthday celebrations. Hutchings and Sala work in perfect union to introduce the reader to the amusing antics of these cockroach anti-heroes. The result is a series of witty situations which encourages the reader to consider that bugs might revel in all things gross such as hairy cheese and toenails. The minimal and powerful text gives room for the illustrations to carry much of the story. This book works on many levels; a scream of fear or a scream of excitement? Readers will delight in the inventiveness of this bold and uproarious story.