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Groundwood Books

Happy Birthday, Alice Babette

Written by Monica Kulling • Illustrated by Qin Leng

For kids 4 - 8 years old | Published April 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781554988211
JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / Europe

Cover of Happy Birthday, Alice Babette

Regular price $14.95 CAD

32 pages | 10.00 in × 8.50 in
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Happy Birthday, Alice Babette

Monica Kulling • Qin Leng

It’s Alice’s birthday! But her friend Gertrude seems to have forgotten. No matter, Alice goes out and enjoys her day just the same. A beautiful spring afternoon in Paris — what could be better? Little does she know that her dear friend has a few surprises up her sleeve.

While Alice spends the day walking around Paris — riding a carousel in the park and watching a puppet show — Gertrude turns her attention to the kitchen. She is determined to make a lavish dinner with all of Alice’s favorite things and write a poem to match the occasion.

But the lure of the perfect poetic line proves to be too distracting, and just as Alice’s day takes an exciting and unexpected turn, Gertrude’s big dinner falls all to pieces. The poem turns out beautifully, of course, but the house is a bit of a mess. It’s a good thing Alice doesn’t mind cleaning up. And that she has such a good brownie recipe for their guests.

Inspired by the lives of artist Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Monica Kulling’s warm and whimsical narration is perfectly balanced by Qin Leng’s bright and energetic illustrations. This is a sweetly joyful story of love, friendship and creative inspiration.

About the Creators

Monica Kulling

Monica Kulling is the author of over forty books for children, including the popular Great Idea series, stories of inventors.

Qin Leng

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Sweden, Hong Kong and South Korea. She has also illustrated for Save the Children and UNICEF.

Awards and Praise
Author Monica Kulling and illustrator Qin Leng invite the imagination into Gertrude and Alice’s world through a tender fictionalized day in the couple’s real life. … The sweetness and sincerity of their love rises above the language and radiates from the story itself.
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2017
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, 2016
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