The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider

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Schneider (Tales for Very Picky Eaters) seems to draw inspiration from both O. Henry and Edward Gorey, with deadpan, dead-on writing and meticulously inked, elegantly styled watercolors (the lumbering pachyderm is quite a looker, its whiteness evoked through washes of icy pink and blue).
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Synopsis

It’s Dana’s birthday, so she can do what she likes. And what Dana likes to do is pinch. And call people names. And steal her classmates’ desserts. You probably know a kid like Dana. What can stop her from being so mean? In this story, it’s not what you might expect. Because sometimes, it takes a little creativity (and possibly a very large pet) to change a mean kid’s ways. Five short chapters with comical full-color illustrations offer a fresh, fun take on bullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
 

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Josh Schneider studied illustration at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is the author and illustrator of You'll Be Sorry (Clarion 2007) and Tales for Very Picky Eaters (Clarion 2011). Tales for Very Picky Eaters won the 2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Clarion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 01 2013

Schneider (Tales for Very Picky Eaters) seems to draw inspiration from both O. Henry and Edward Gorey, with deadpan, dead-on writing and meticulously inked, elegantly styled watercolors (the lumbering pachyderm is quite a looker, its whiteness evoked through washes of icy pink and blue).

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Excellent
on Feb 27 2013

...Schneider’s multimedia illustrations employ the same humorous, expressive line seen in his Geisel Award–winning Tales for VeryPicky Eaters (2011), delivering a remarkable package.

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