Dress Up And Let's Have A Party

Dress Up And Let's Have A Party


Written and illustrated by Remy Charlip

What do you wear to a dress-up party? Here are some ideas! John and his friends come together for a party, using the everyday things around them to construct inventive costumes on the spot. Pots and pans, an empty soap box, your mother’s clothes—these are all things you can wear to a dress-up party! Playing dress-up is a way to be a new self and to imagine for a moment that you are different from who you really are. It's a way to be extravagant or silly, a way to surprise yourself and have a great time!

Written by the prolific and beloved Remy Charlip, the story is a clever, playful reminder that the potential for fun is always at hand. Originally published in the United States in 1956, Dress Up and Let's Have A Party was his first book as author/illustrator.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-234-3
8.07" (W) x 5.51" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: Pre-K-4
Lexile Level: 550
Guided Reading Level: I

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"Decked out in his mother’s pots and pans while she bakes a cake, John is inspired to ask his friends to come to his party in costume—and we wait with him to see what they’ll be wearing when, at the turn of the page, they come through the door. No dullards here: a carton on the street turns Hans into a special delivery package; a ball of string makes Vera a meatball covered with spaghetti. The final surprise comes when John carries in the cake, with the single word happy visible. In Charlip territory, nothing is all spelled out." ―Barbara Bader, The Horn Book

“Simple illustrations with bright colors grab the eye and the author’s silly sense of humor really resonated with my four-year-old (and me!). I love that this book has no hidden agenda or preachy message; no other purpose than to bring joy. And it does just that; this book is FUN!” —Rebecca, The Bookplate


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