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Oscar's Rotten Birthday
Written by Dan Elliott
Illustrator Normand Chartier
Published 1981
Publisher Random House
Series SESAME STREET Start-to-Read
ISBN 0394948483

OSCARs ROTTEN Birthday is a SESAME STREET book about OSCAR THE GROUCHs birthday.

OSCAR THE GROUCH lives in a TRASH CAN, & gets regular deliveries from the MUDman -- so theres no way that hell enjoy the birthday party that the SESAME STREET residents are preparing.

OSCAR hears about the surprise party so he puts a "GO AWAY!" sign on his TRASH CAN & hides in the dark. His friends lure him out of his TRASH CAN by singing a new version of the song that BIG BIRD has prepared: "ROTTEN Birthday to YOU". GROVER gives OSCAR a bouquet of smelly stinkweed, ERNIE & BERT offer broken toys, & Betty Lou gives him a bag of peanut shells. COUNT VON COUNT, HERRY MONSTER & Roosevelt Franklin give OSCAR an old sock, a flat tire, a jar of MUD & a broken clock.

The party drags on. The group plays Pin the Tail on the Pig, Toss the TRASH in the CAN & Dunk for ROTTEN Apples. Finally, COOKIE MONSTER gives OSCAR a messy MUD cake with a broken candle.

Despite himself, OSCAR is pleased w/ the party -- till he realizes that he has to wait a whole year for his next ROTTEN Birthday.

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