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Rave Reviews for I Got You A Present!

The rave reviews for I Got You A Present! keep coming in and we want to thank all the bloggers and readers for sharing their kind words, thoughts, and, well, rave reviews for I Got You A Present!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“A winner”

CM Magazine

“Endlessly inventive”

Kirkus Reviews

“Snappy, funny…a surprise but thoughtful resolution”

CanLit for Little Canadians

“Hilarious… whimsical, silly and entertaining”

Storytime with Stephanie

“Fun…clever… delightful… a great ending”

Kids First

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Fun and imaginative”

Youth Services Book Review

“Will tickle the funny bones of kids 3 to 7”

Kid Lit Reviews

“Adorable… delightful…will melt your heart”

Thumbnail That

“Skilled storytelling… a funny, unexpected and giggly picture book”

Fab Book Reviews

“Sweet and endearing… funny, heartwarming”

The Contented Reader


Babar Books

“Fast-paced, lively… LOVE the surprise ending!”

Reading Power Gear

“A very funny book”

Dad Suggests

“Hilarious… This will be one of our “go to” books for birthdays from here on out!”

Story Mamas

“This sweet story is a ton of fun and a great birthday gift”

Library Mom Books

“Fun… favorite book about birthdays… good laughs”

Baby Librarians

“Fun… A delightful debut”

Bit About Books

“Delightful! Ready-made for birthdays… a fantastic gift for any little reader.”

Baby Bookworm

“A perfect picture book AND birthday present rolled into one – this is a must-have story!”


“Inventive, expressive and fun.”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“I Got You A Present is the best gift of all!”

Mom Read It


Librarian Bookends

“A sweet and silly birthday treat”


Rave reviews for I Got You A Present! by Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan published by Kids Can Press (April 7, 2020),

I Got You a Present! follows Duckie on an epic quest to get you, the reader, the best birthday present. Ever!!!!

But nothing goes right, and poor Duckie ends up in a race against time to show you how much he cares. 

While the book might be about birthdays, it’s actually about so much more. It helps kids navigate the difficulties of setbacks and failures while inspiring them to understand what’s really important: friendship.

Available at,, and Indigo, the book is written by Regional Emmy Award-winning Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan, and it’s illustrated by Cale Atkinson. 

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Virtual Birthday Parties for Kids Introduced to Help Children Weather the Pandemic

Celebrated Kids TV Writers and Book Authors Launch Personalized Experiences for Children and Families Separated Due to COVID-19 

Toronto, April 9, 2020: When the authors of I Got You A Present! (Kids Can Press, April 7, 2020), a new kids book about birthdays realized that families were going to have to physically distance and isolate themselves for a long time,  their hearts broke for all the kids who would have to go without birthday parties. So they decided to use their book, tv and performance experience to create virtual birthday parties for kids as a way of creating a special memory in a very dark time.   

Regional Emmy Award-winning Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan see the kids’ virtual birthday parties as a highly personalized version of the fun experiences they have worked so hard to deliver through their TV (PBS, CBC, Disney) and other creative projects. I Got You a Present! follows Duckie, who adores you, and is on the quest to find you the best birthday present ever given to anyone in the history of humanity (and ducks)! But nothing goes right and each gift leads to a failure, which leads to an even bigger failure — but ultimately, to an all-important conclusion.  

“Kids look forward to their birthday all year, and most won’t really understand why they can’t spend it with their friends or doing all the things that they associate with their special day,” said Susan McLennan, one half of the husband and wife Toronto-based creative team. “While our book is ostensibly about birthdays, it’s really about resilience and friendship, and those will be critical in getting us out the other side of this pandemic.”

Virtual birthday parties for kids packages start at $199 and include a copy of I Got You A Present! for the birthday child. The couple will donate one party a day to a family that has been particularly hard hit by this pandemic; they are looking for a sponsor who could help more children whose families have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 have a great virtual birthday party.  The virtual birthday parties for kids, like the book and their TV projects, are all anchored in the couple’s philosophy of helping kids live in a F.I.E.R.C.E world, one filled with Fun, Integrity, Empathy/Respect, Resilience, Creativity, and Exploration. 

“If there’s one thing the creative community understands, it’s resilience. We know what it’s like to try, and fail, and try again, and fail again, and then try and well, you get the idea,” said Mike Erskine-Kellie. “In fact, I still have the rejection letter Kids Can Press sent me decades ago, and I vowed then that one day I would work with them, and here we are!”  

Written by the Regional Emmy Award-winning Mike Eskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan, I Got You A Present! Is published by Kids Can Press and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, an illustrator who has worked with Disney Hyperion, Tundra, Simon and Schuster, Marvel and others. Planet Birthday Party brings birthday kids together with their friends to celebrate via a highly personalized, story-driven adventure that they will remember for years to come. 

I Got You a Present!

Written by Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan

Illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Ages: 3 – 8 / Grades: PreSchool – 3         

8” x 11”/ 32 pages / © 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5253-0009-7 HCJ

$18.99 CAN / $16.99 US

Publication Date: April 7, 2020