Book review: The Birthday Suit, by Lindsey Leavitt, illustrated by A.G. Ford

Leavitt, Lindsey. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. The Birthday Suit. (Commander in Cheese series, #4) “A Stepping Stone Book.” Random House, 2017. $4.99. 92p. ISBN 9781101931219. Ages 8-11. P8 Q8

This series featuring the Squeakerton mice family takes place in the White House. Now the mice are trying to surprise Gregory for his birthday, which also happens to be President’s Day. As a distraction, they visit the children’s presidential posters, but one of the children picks up Gregory because he looks like a dressed-up gerbil. The rescue comes from a friendship with a cat and the president’s two children. Initially, the use of presidents’ names for the children was confusing, but the situation was explained—children research real presidents and then dress up like their choices when making a presentation. Fun facts about presidents and clothing are included as well as Presidential Birthdays, About Presidential Birthdays, President’s Day, and Clothes of the Present.

Verdict: This enjoyable book is a good addition to libraries and classrooms or as a collectible for children.

March 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

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