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by Olive Senior
illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews

Johnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves—naked.

But Mom says now that he’s four he’s too old to run around without clothes on. She even buys him a pair of overalls with genuine 100 percent child-proof snap fasteners! But they’re no match for Johnny as he wriggles out of them.

Johnny’s father explains that big boys wear clothes. Doesn’t he want to be big like Dad? As Johnny gazes up, he decides that wearing clothes may be a small price to pay to reach such heights. Everyone is happy as Johnny practices putting on his clothes. And now when he runs into the ocean, he makes sure to take his red swimsuit—but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll always wear it!

Imbued with the lilt of the Caribbean and featuring illustrations that capture the warmth and humor of the text, this charming picture book is sure to amuse young children—naked or not! 

Reviews:

“Fernandes’ bright, busy paintings are a good match for the buoyant and ample text, which is full of phonic riffs that make the tale a terrific read-aloud.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 02/12


“With its charming, relatable plot and melodic rhythm, Birthday Suit is perfect for storytime.”
—Quill & Quire, 01/12


“Enthusiastic junior nudists everywhere will unite behind this one.”
—Booklist, 05/12


“Olive Senior . . . lends her poetic flair . . . with snappy sounds and rhythms . . . Eugenie Fernandes adds to the lush scenery with warm, vibrant paintings that exude as much energy as Johnny himself.”
—Foreword Reviews, 04/12


“Comical events will appeal to young children who can identify with strong-willed, independent-thinking Johnny.”
—School Library Journal, 09/12


“A fun book to read to children.”
—QFHSA (Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations) News, 03/12


“The voice of Jamaica is in poet Olive Senior’s lilting prose, and the lively illustrations are painted in Fernandes’s signature child-friendly style.”
—CM Reviews, 05/12


“I was charmed by this little book and its gentle lesson, and I loved the colorful illustrations by artist Eugenie Fernandes, which help to underscore the story.”
—Western Wheel, 05/16/12


“The story has a lovely rhythm and illustrator Fernandes captures the exuberance of childhood beautifully with her vibrant illustrations.”
—Open Book Toronto, 06/05/12


“This cute book will certainly amuse the younger set and evoke fond (or not so fond) memories in anyone who has had to chase a naked toddler.”
—Word Up, Nerd Up, 04/28/12


“Fun and engaging, the poetic use of language rich and lyrical.”
—Resource Links, 04/12


“This delightful book will elicit giggles from three-to six-year-olds and knowing smiles from parents.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 11/12


“A lot of parents and kids will be able to relate to this delightful tale of unencumbered toddlerhood!”
—Cozy Little Book Journey, 11/20/12


“A great, fun way to start introducing that clothing is important and can be fun.”
—Creative Madness Mama, 04/23/12


“Olive Senior adds this exuberant, joyously-infused tale for wee clothing anti-enthusiasts to her impressive writing repertoire.”
—Paper Based Bookshop, 08/10/13