Written and illustrated
by Irene Haas
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1997
One warm summer night Lucy opened her window and in jumped a frog. The
frog gave Lucy an invitation to a birthday party and a magic paper party
hat to wear. Then he jumped out again into the garden. And so begins
Alice in Wonderland, Lucy shrinks in size when the moonlight touches the
hat. On the way to the party she is joined by one creature
each afraid of being late to the party. Lucy's taxi, driven by a baby bird
too scared to fly, is big enough for all.
from the garden was at the party--crickets and caterpillar clowns, inchworm
and madame mouse. Birthday
boy just happens to be Owl who has been
threatening to eat the guests. When Lucy returns home, one of her companions
is responsible for a very happy ending for her grandmother.
hat is prominent in nearly every large illustration, made even more pleasing
by its contrast with darker background colors. The rhythmic
text is great for reading aloud. Vivid watercolors and pastels on large-size
quality paper complement the dreamlike, surrealistic adventure.