Of course, I HAD to pick this book up when I saw the title! I mean really, how many times have I asked my own boys this question before going out??
Author Cari Best tells a story of a young boy who is going to his great-grandmother’s 100th birthday party… and it’s got all of the ingredients of fun.
– Going out at night
– Attending a birthday party
– Eating CAKE
– Playing and dancing
Of course, he gets into trouble and is reprimanded by grown-ups. I mean really, what else is a 5-year-old to do at a grown-up party that had chicken with mushrooms and onions for dinner and no toys? In the end, the one who appreciates his childlike curiosity and frivolousness is the guest of honor – his great-grandmother! They cut the rug (dance), eat candy and have a ball! Thinking of my own grandfather who lived to be 100 years and 2 months old, the last lines of the book got me misty-eyed.
“I can’t wait till next year,’ says Robert.
“Neither can I,” says Great Gran Sadie.
Brian Caras’ illustrations from a child’s point of view were so on point! Overall, the book didn’t arouse a huge reaction from my boys, but I know they could relate and I think they enjoyed it.