Surprise Party by William Wegman

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When Chip the pizza-delivery dog is called to deliver a pizza on a Wednesday, Batty, Chundo, and Crooky are sure theres a mistake. Wednesday is always three-bean-salad day. The trio feels sorry, though, for making Chip go out of his way, and decides to throw a surprise birthday party for him on Friday. They call guests, decorate the house, and make presents. With a phone call to the pizza parlor, Chip is sure to be on his way! Or is he? In a surprise ending, Jake the delivery dog shows up instead of Chip, who has decided to take the day off and go fishing.

About William Wegman

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 William Wegman, beloved author and visual artist, is known internationally for his photographs, videos, and paintings. He has written numerous books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Puppies and his videos appear regularly on Sesame Street. In this new book, his first in a decade, Wegman combines his background in painting with his photographs to create a fanciful new world, starring the two irresistible characters Flo and Wendell. Wegman and his family, which include his four dogs Candy, Bobbin, Flo, and Topper (the real life Flo and Wendell), divide their time between New York and Maine. 
Published April 1, 2000 by Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Kitsch is king in this effortful enterprise, which reflects a hefty amount of labor but does not deliver a commensurate amount of reward for young readers. As in My Town, Wegman's famous weimaraners--

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It's no surprise that the endpapers are designed to look like the fake wood of rec-room paneling from a bygone day, or that Chundo decides to make ""a rustic sportsman's lamp"" (the shade shows a fisherman amid a woodland stream) for Chip's birthday.

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