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Elmo’s Birthday Party (2002): Textures and Characters

Maggie Swanson (illus.), Elmo’s Birthday Party (Random House, 2002)


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Trust a major publisher to get it right.

This is one of those tactile-experience books aimed at the youngest of the pre-lit set, where there are cutouts in each page with a different fabric underneath. They certainly serve a purpose (and I am willing to give this one full marks because unlike most Sesame Street-branded books this one actually contains enough relevant meta information to write a competent review!), but kids will outgrow them pretty quick, and the dearth of space doesn’t leave much room for the writer to come up with a compelling story to keep mom and dad’s attention. Let the baby be the guide here. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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