Author(s): Margaret Beames
Inquisitive Oliver is intrigued by all the preparations for a birthday party - the brightly coloured balloons, tangly string, crinkly paper and scrumptious food all demanding his attention. But his attempts to join in end when Mrs Bundy bans him from the festivities. Always a resourceful cat, Oliver is determined to get in on the fun at any cost. The sequel to Oliver in the Garden, which won both the Children's Choice and the Picture Book of the Year at the NZ Post 2001 Children's Book Awards is a delightful, light-hearted treasure. Hitchcock's illustrations are a visual treat. For 3 years and up.