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The Backwards Birthday Party

Written by Tom Chapin and John Forster & illustrated by Chuck Groenink
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Have a happy birthday—the backwards way! Full of fun and based on the hit song from Tom Chapin and John Forster, this is a celebratory birthday bash like no other. Put your clothes on inside out, heat up the ice cream, and hang on to your party hats—because everything’s out of whack at the backwards birthday party! From beloved, three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Forster, and with stunning illustrations from Chuck Groenink comes the zaniest birthday party you’ll ever attend.

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.0 / 7.0

I’m not always a fan of songs as books, but I think this read is very fun even without the musical element. It will make little readers want a backwards birthday party (or should I say, “the partyday birthwards back) and has fun, enjoyable illustrations.

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Who Wrote The Backwards Birthday Party

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin has entertained, amused, and enlightened audiences of all ages for more than forty years and through twenty-seven CDs, eight Grammy nominations, three Grammy awards, and thousands of live performances. A pioneer in the field of children’s music, he is also a respected singer-songwriter and a strong advocate for the arts in education. Tom lives in Piermont, New York. Find out more at

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John Forster

John Forster is a singer-songwriter, playwright, and humorist whose acclaimed output includes musicals on and off Broadway, Grammy-nominated recordings, humor books, and many delightful projects for children, including the perennial stage musical <i>How to Eat Like a Child</i> and a dozen albums with Tom Chapin. John’s comedy CDs include <i>Entering Marion</i>, <i>Helium</i>, and <i>Broadsides</i>, a duet album with Tom featuring their satire for NPR. John lives in South Nyack, New York. For more information visit

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Who Illustrated The Backwards Birthday Party

Chuck Groenink

Chuck Groenink hails from an overgrown village among the peat bogs in the north of the Netherlands, where he spent his formative years climbing trees, drawing, reading, and cycling. He’s a history buff who attended the ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design in Kampen and now lives in Kinderhook, NY, with his wife, dog, and two cats. Look for him at

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