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The Party

by (author) Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 1997
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1999
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2012
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1997
    List Price

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Out of print

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It's Gran's birthday, and the whole family is celebrating with a big party! While the adults enjoy the festivities, the children have their own kind of fun! There are hiding places to find, fabulous make-believe games to play, delicious food to eat, and a scrumptious birthday cake along with a rousing family rendition of “Happy Birthday To You!” All too soon, the party is over for another year and the sleepy little partygoers are packed into the car to go home. What a wonderful time they have had! Barbara Reid's humorous, rhythmic verse perfectly captures all the fun and exuberance of this special family occasion and her extraordinary talent garnered her a 1997 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in her signature medium, Plasticine.

About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


Barbara Reid's profile page


  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Great Books for Children
  • Short-listed, CNIB Tiny Torgi Award
  • Short-listed, Mr. Christie's Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration
  • Commended, OLA Best Bet

Editorial Reviews

“The Party marks another coup for award-winning Plasticine artist Barbara Reid.” (Maclean's) “Reid's latest Plasticine tour-de-force positively glows with familial feeling.” (Now Magazine) “Just when you think that she could not possibly improve her art, she does.” (The Ottawa Citizen) “...her invention and creativity seem as fresh as ever.” (Quill & Quire starred review)

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