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Bun Bun's Birthday

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A birthday party for baby Brenda, or Bun Bun as she’s called, is a wonderful thing – unless, of course, you’re her older sister. Poor Winifred is put out. She thinks the party should be for her.

Winifred learns that she too had a first birthday, and a party of her own. What’s more, she has a special job: to help Bun Bun remember her first birthday party in years to come. Now in paperback, Bun Bun’s Birthday is sure to delight a new gang of little tykes.

From the Hardcover edition.
Richard Scrimger|Gillian Johnson

About Richard Scrimger

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Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of nine novels for young readers, three picture books, and three books for adults. His works have been translated into eight languages, and have been critically acclaimed around the world. Columns detailing Richard’s adventures in parenthood have been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His most recent young adult novel, From Charlie’s Point of View, was a CLA Honor Book, and was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” by the Chicago Public Library. His latest adult novel, Mystical Rose, was a Globe & Mail book of the year. He has four teenaged children, a collection of speeding tickets, and, usually, a puzzled expression.Richard Scrimger lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

About Gillian Johnson

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Gillian Johnson grew up in Winnipeg. She competed nationally in speed skating, but quit to finish university. She has given swimming lessons in Churchill and was a canoeing instructor in Flin Flon. She’s taught English in Czechoslovakia and high school in Ottawa. Throughout, she has drawn and written. Her first book, Saranohair, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Graphics Prize at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. My Sister Gracie, published in 2000, was awarded the Alcuin Design Award and has earned fans in Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland and Venezuela. She has collaborated with author Richard Scrimger, providing the illustrations for their books about Baby Bun Bun, which include, most recently, Eugene’s Story. She also illustrated Dennis Lee’s The Cat and the Wizard. Gillian Johnson lives with her husband, writer Nicholas Shakespeare, and their sons in Tasmania and England.


Bun Bun’s Birthday is a very special picture book. The text is infused with the zany sense of humour that award-winning novelist Richard Scrimger…has made his trademark…Bright and boisterous illustrations by Gillian Johnson…match Scrimger’s comic turns every step of the way. Scrimger and Johnson subtly turn a serious look at sibling rivalry into a story that will have young readers chortling with irrepressible laughter.”
Quill & Quire

“Domesticity, delicious and otherwise, is writ and painted large in this collaboration by Scrimger…and Johnson.”
The Globe and Mail

“Scrimger’s first picture book…springs from a deep familiarity with – and affectionate humour for – the passions and erratic habits of young kids…a kind, funny, deeply affectionate treatment of one of those ‘life lessons’ that adults often laugh at, but which are seriously distressing to children…This is a wonderfully light-handed, entertaining depiction of family life.”
The Toronto Star

“This is a very special book, written with a zany sense of humour and great panache. Bright, boisterous illustrations make the book sing!”
Brandon Sun

From the Hardcover edition.
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