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A funny and sweet early illustrated chapter book about a problem-solving girl who has to manage her own birthday bash. For fans of Dory Fantasmagory.


Esme always has a plan. She lives with her grandparents on the uppermost floor of the topmost best building. It's her birthday. Mimi and Pipo gave her a beautiful guitar. But they didn't plan a birthday party.

Esme thinks this is the way with grandparents. They don't know about parties or piñatas or birthday cake. No problem!

With a little help from her cat, El Toro, and a LOT of help from her neighbors, the irrepressible Esme gets the birthday party of her dreams.


Illustrated by #1 New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Marissa Valdez

"Fans of series such as 'Junie B. Jones,' 'Zoey and Sassafras,' and 'Ivy + Bean' will enjoy Esme’s strong sense of self, problem-solving skills, comical antics, and commitment to her community" and "Readers will look forward to more adventures with Esme in this welcome addition to early chapter book collections."—School Library Journal

Esme's "precocious, comically irrepressible, and a little bit bossy-pants personality shines through the first-person narration....Like the best bashes, this early-reader series debut is amusing and inviting."—Booklist

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