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What a Party!

Written by Ana Maria Machado

Illustrated by Helene Moreau

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554983490
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City Life



Publication Date March 18, 2013

If it is just a few days until your birthday, and your mother says you can invite anyone you like to come over to play, be careful! If you don't watch out, you might soon be having the craziest party ever, with people and food from around the world. Before you know it, night could come and go and a new day could begin, and the dancing might still be going strong. At least, that is what happens in this humorous and irresistibly joyful cautionary tale!

In a celebration of neighbors and diversity, an open-ended party invitation results in a raucous gathering of children, pets and parents (plus salsa dancers and a reggae band!), all feasting on food from all over the world. Couscous, crepes, salad, ackee--there isn't enough room on the table for all the food. And it's noisy too, because people don't stop talking while they eat and dance. The party might have gotten out of hand a bit, but nobody minds--after all, it is the craziest, wildest, funnest party ever!

Everyone loves a party, and with its vivid illustrations and irresistibly playful text, this picture book delivers the rowdiest, happiest birthday party ever.


Ana Maria Machado
Ana Maria Machado is one of the world's most distinguished writers for children, with more than 100 books published in her native Brazil and in more than 18 other countries. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Iberoamerican Children's Literature Award, and she has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters — the first writer for children to be so honored. She has also been chosen for the honor list of the highly prestigious Dutch Prince Claus Award. Groundwood has published two of her novels, Me in the Middle (Américas Award Commended List) and From Another World, and her picture books Wolf Wanted, which won the Hors Concours (FNLIJ), and What a Party! Ana Maria lives in Rio de Janeiro.

Helene Moreau
After studying graphic design and working as a designer, Hélène Moreau turned to children's book illustration. She has illustrated many picture books, including, also with Ana Maria Machado, Reve noir d'un lapin blanc. She lives in Paris.

Elisa Amado
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent books are What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?. Elisa lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Star Review

"An effervescent celebration of the best possibilities of urban multiculturalism. Readers will want to move right in." Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"... a big-hearted vision of community, generosity, and the benefits of a little chaos—as well as a birthday party that any kid would be lucky to have." Publishers Weekly

"…a celebration of diversity and of the sense of community. Augmented by Hélène Moreau’s illustrations, it is an attractive book that fits neatly within Canada’s proudly multicultural identity." CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Author Machado, who won the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award – the world’s highest international recognition for kiddie book writers and illustrators – knows how to party, bringing together all the different friends, families, cuisines from around the world into one multi-culti celebration." BookDragon, book review blog produced by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)

"...[the] warm, glowing acrylic-and-pastel paintings, depict the backyard jamboree from a below-eye-level perspective, allowing readers to feel like they are there. Warning: they may not want to leave this delightfully diverse celebration." Booklist

"Machado, a prolific Brazilian writer for young children and the winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, offers an inspired vision of what the "craziest, wildest, funnest party ever" out to be." The New York Times