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Birthday Boy

by , Jim Field

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A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all brought to life by regular collaborator Jim Field's witty, stylish illustrations.

What if it was every day?

This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything.

He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day.

So, at first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again...

But it's not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays.

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...

Birthday Boy Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9780008200473
  • Pub Date: 7th September 2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 416

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12th February '18
I read it to Holls aged 9 aged 9 & to Batman aged 7 aged 7
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
5 stars
Both Holly and Levi used to wish it was there birthday every day, not anymore thanks to this wonderful, funny book. 
When Sam's wish comes true and it's his birthday every day, it seems fantastic but the novelty soon wears off and Sam becomes greedy and selfish. 
Both my children loved having this read to them every night and it taught them a valuable lesson !
23rd July '18
Zap! read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
5 stars
All of David Baddiels books are good but this one is awesome. Thrilling, exciting, and with a hint of magic this book is perfect for 9+ readers
20th October '17
Josh read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
5 stars
This book has quite a lot of chapters but the chapters are quite short. The story is full of detail and it is very funny and very weird.

The story is about Sam who sees a shooting star on his birthday and makes a wish for it to be his birthday every day.  He very quickly starts to regret his wish. He thinks that he sees the star landing on an island and sets out to find it which is another strange adventure.
29th July '18
I read it to AS100 aged 6 aged 6
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
5 stars
This book tells the story of Sam and how he (like all children) wish it could be his birthday everyday, however, when he wishes on a falling star he discovers that having your birthday every day is not quite as good as you might think.
It has laugh out loud moments and families we can all relate to.  It is a great mix of humour, adventure and family values.
My six year old Son loved it and would highly recommend.
11th January '18
Lolobean read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
5 stars
This book was so brilliant that I read it in less than a week (even though it has more than 300 pages!). What I really liked about it was that it was hilarious. For example, during the story, Grandpa Sam got lost and covered himself in mud and leaves because he wanted to feel close to nature!

On the night of Sam's birthday he wished on a shooting star and this started an adventure for him. I liked his character because he didn't think about what would happen when he made his wish and it led to really funny consequences, he was really creative but also, at the end of the story, he learned from his mistakes and did the right thing.
13th November '17
I read it to Rory aged 10 aged 10 & to Addie aged 7 aged 7
Birthday Boy 9780008200473
4 stars
Although this book seems quite long, the chapters are short and sharp meaning that the story will hold your interest throughout. The illustrations are great and break up the story nicely. It is funny and has a lot of references that kids will recognise throughout 
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About David Baddiel

David Baddiel is an author and comedian. He has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. His debut children's novel, The Parent Agency, was the bestselling 9-12 debut of 2014 and was hailed by the Guardian as `funny, sometimes moving and always eng...

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About Jim Field

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 Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktr...

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