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Eliud Ortiz, 05/12/21

5.0 out of 5 stars

Such a cute book!

Review of The Birthday Party

This book is so great. My 6 year old absolutely loved it, easy read for younger kids and kids learning how to read as well. 10 out of 10!

Lara Jose, 08/26/21

5.0 out of 5 stars

Wonderful book for educators, parents and kids!

Review of The Birthday Party

As a counselor who works with children on a daily basis, I spend a good amount of time talking with kids about bullying. There is an emphasis throughout the book on the importance of empathy and all of the content is presented in a way that is easy for children to comprehend. It provides readers with the opportunity to immediately reflect on and apply the content and also makes this book an outstanding resource for adults to encourage discussion one-on-one with children, or in small groups. Overall, I strongly believe that this book is a must have resource for every educator and parent.

Bethany Grey, 06/02/21

5.0 out of 5 stars for The Birthday Party

Great short story for kids

Review of The Birthday Party


Nice book to read to younger children, or for older children to read for themselves.


The story follows the main character, Natalie, who with a little help from her friends and family finds her confidence to make good out of a bad situation.

Editorial Review

The Birthday Party by Marissa Koons

Be aware of the angels that are devils in disguise. A book that helps children navigate unpleasant circumstances and people thru positivity!

Light and trite and yet a good read for children who find themselves in the 2nd to 3rd grades. True to life, but lacking depth, a quick read that is meant to have elementary-aged children relate to the text and storyline without experiencing overwhelm.


The author has a mother's heart and does a good job of explaining the different personalities and groups most children will encounter within their childhood school days. What will you do when you find yourself targeted by the "cool kids", excluded intentionally, or if it's a close friend of yours that's being treated unfairly who needs you to stand by their side? What are the feelings you're going to feel and how will you choose to handle them? Will you react or think before you act?

This book highlights the role we as parents are able to have in our children's lives as our kids go to school each day. Not every day is a good day! Some days are harder than others. When our kids come to us with bad experiences that befell them due to the actions of others, how are we going to model our own reactions to them? What are we going to do to help them solve the things they come up against? How can we think outside of the box to ensure our kids are still able to participate in aspects of life that others were set on excluding them from or taking away from them entirely?


A book that children could read aloud, or to themselves quietly, on their own but also a book that a parent could read with their child. If read together as a family it would naturally open up a discussion where a parent could ask questions and inquire with their child as to their lives at school, the kids they are having to interact with regularly each week, and how your child believes they fit in within the mix of personalities and behaviors. Is your child an observer, part of the problems others face, or do they play a role within the solutions?

A book that on the outside seems little more than something to occupy a child for a half hour, might also prove to be the kind of book that makes a parent and child think beyond its pages into how they can look out for the underdogs and save them.


Heartwarming Tale!

It is a heartwarming tale that follows Natalie's poignant journey through adversity and resilience. The story unfolds as Natalie faces challenges from The Cool Kids, a missed school treat, and a disastrous surprise party. Despite these setbacks, her mother becomes a beacon of support, guiding her to a special place that unveils the brilliant light within.

Koons weaves a narrative that is both relatable and inspiring, capturing the essence of friendship, resilience, and the transformative power of inner strength. Natalie's character undergoes a meaningful evolution as she learns to embrace her own brilliance and, in turn, discovers the importance of shining brightly to illuminate the path for others.

The author's writing style is gentle yet impactful, allowing readers to connect with Natalie's emotions and triumphs. The uplifting message of the story resonates throughout, reminding readers of the significance of kindness, self-discovery, and the ability to find strength even in the face of challenges.

"The Birthday Party" stands as a testament to the beauty of overcoming obstacles, fostering a sense of hope and encouragement. The narrative not only entertains but also imparts valuable life lessons about the resilience found within oneself and the positive impact of supporting others.

In conclusion, Marissa Koons's "The Birthday Party" is a delightful and touching story that celebrates the human spirit. With its universal themes of friendship, resilience, and inner strength, this book is not only an enjoyable read for all ages but also a source of inspiration for navigating life's challenges with grace and courage.

Review of The Birthday Party by inked_imaginationss_

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