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Mr. Tiddly Plonks was excited about his fourth birthday and could not wait to discover what was in store for the day. He wondered if there would be a birthday cake, whether he would get presents, or if he would have a picnic down by the lake. He also wondered if there would be games and if his parents would hire a bouncy castle. There were other thoughts too in his mind, whether he would be able to go to the park and play on the swing, whether anyone would come dressed as their favorite superhero, and if there would be jelly and lots of ice-cream. He knew he would be really happy if his cousins came to play, and he wondered if there would be a puppet show or if a magician would come to perform some tricks. He wondered if it would be his best birthday ever or if he would have to wait till he was five.
Mr. Tiddly Plonk's Birthday by Naomi O' Shea is a fun read that will captivate young readers. Many of them will find it easy to relate to Mr. Tiddly Plonk. Birthdays are always special to kids and the author also gives ideas to parents on what can be done to make any child's birthday enjoyable by using the thoughts of Mr. Tiddly Plonk. The illustrations by Gusnia Catherina add to the fun element of the story and the birthday celebration thoughts of Mr. Tiddly Plonk and make it tangible for readers. It is a charming story that can be used for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries, and parents should have the series at home so that they can read it out loud to their kids.