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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Billy Has A Birthday is the first volume in The Billy Books series. The story follows Billy, a young boy who turns ten on the tenth October – 10, 10, 10 – a once in a lifetime occasion. Billy’s excitement at his ‘big’ birthday perfectly captures that of a child who is bordering on adolescence – each birthday seems so much more important than the last, and the move from sin ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published November 28th 2015 by Minter Publishing Limited (first published August 24th 2014)
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Al
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven't read many middle-grade books in my adult life, but after reading Billy Has a Birthday, I might have to reconsider my choices in literature. I did not anticipate how much I would love this book. It was simple, straight to the point and just a jolly good read.

It's Billy's tenth birthday, and he's having a party with a few friends. All goes well with the party, but Billy soon has a run-in with a friend's elder sibling, Eddy, and ends up having to hand over the birthday money his grandfath
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Anita Kovacevic
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Bullying and abuse has never sit well with me, so any attempt to stop it is appreciated. James Minter has composed a series of stories about negative behaviour and positive outcomes, and Billy Has a Birthday deals with overcoming bullying.
This chapter book is intended for children 8-11 and can be used in a family or classroom situation, or the children can read it by themselves. There are even additional activities available to help engage the children. A simple, everyday situation, a boy's 10t
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Traci Sanders
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an early educator for many years, I became a huge advocate for quality children's books. My favorite ones are those that teach a life lesson in a subtle way. This book is a perfect example of how chapter books for this age group should be written.

The author did a great job of incorporating true-to-form verbiage and props (references of YouTube, Internet, etc.) that target readers of this genre, for this generation, will relate to. Though, it saddens me a bit to see elements like this needing
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Jude
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy’s Tenth Birthday is the first volume in James Minter’s new Life Learning Series. The story follows Billy, a young boy who turns ten on the tenth October – 10, 10, 10 – a once in a lifetime occasion. Billy’s excitement at his ‘big’ birthday perfectly encapsulates that of a child who is bordering on adolescence – each birthday seems so much more important than the last, and the move from single to double figures is one of the greatest of all.

On Billy’s birthday he is over the moon to be giv
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Alex Apostol
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy's Tenth Birthday was a good, quick read to teach a child a moral lesson. The characters are realistic, often rambling as kids do, but the storyline is one that's helpful in teaching kids the proper way to handle a bully. The way Grandad and Max got Billy's 20 pound note back was clever and creative, which will entertain the kids reading or being read to.

Some parts of the book I thought were a little beyond the maturity level of the targeted age of readers of the book. I'm not sure I would
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Tonya Calvert
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Billy is turning ten, a perfect age for young readers to relate to. When Billy has to face a bully, he must face some tough issues- the bullying itself, being embarrassed, hiding it... This is a great read to teach kids how to handle these issues. It provides a great opportunity for parents and children to discuss these harsh issues kids face. The illustrations spread throughout keep it just light enough to balance the seriousness of the issues. My 10 year old said it was "cool." :)
Angie Dokos
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute story. I am glad Billy had people that care about him and helped him with his bullying issues.
Susan Day
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The forward of this book introduces us to one of the more sobering issues children face:
Bullying is a big problem for children today but it is also part of learning to stand up for oneself. In this story Billy, like any other child, is looking forward to a big birthday … Disarming a bully is the better way of dealing with them. You can’t rid the world of bullies but you can do something about how you deal with them.

Our story begins with a very excited Billie who discusses his up-coming birthday
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Katy Noyes
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to read a slightly longer story about bullying, and one that occurs outside of the school gates.

There's a fair amount of back story to Billy, his party and presents to make him feel like a real person. The bullying itself is short but fairly realistic.

Apart from the bully's language I'm afraid. Would a 14 year old boy really say: "when I want your opinion I'll ask for it... My beef is with birthday boy not you.... Pull the other one old man it's got bells on... Get off me you great oaf." N
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Harmony Kent
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free PDF copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Billy has a Birthday is the first of a series of Billy Books, and each takes a look at coming of age/growing up issues and moral dilemmas. In this first story, Billy falls victim to bullying from an older boy. It is a basic tale, easy to follow, and contains lovely illustrations at each chapter change. The series commits to Values-based Education and offers alternative ways to deal with various l
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James Minter
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Parents, grandparents, children
Coming of age for children is a traumatic time. Physical changes, personalities developments, values acquired, and conflicting information coming at them from many sources. Billy's Tenth Birthday deals with one specific issue - bullying. It's prevalent in schools, the workplace and on-line. Bullies get away with it often because people are ill equipped to deal with them. Using traditional story tell, this book is allows parents to discuss the bullying in a safe environment. This is book 1 of a s ...more
Patricia Walker
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written story about bullies and how a young person can deal with both bullies and bullying. It gives some very simple actions that will help the person being bullied to deal with the problem in a proactive way rather than a reactive way. Alongside the wonderful story there are lots of fabulous full colour illustrations that give that little bit extra to the book and will help engage the younger readers even more. I definitely recommend this book to every parent/ grandparent ...more
Jenna
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful!

I chose this rating since it was a story with a good lesson that bullies never win in the end.
Susan
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A boy on his 10th birthday surrounded by family, friends, his dog Jacko, and presents! What could be better? Nothing! So it’s a total bummer when the neighborhood bully, Eddie, takes Billy’s special gift of $20 that he just received from his grandad. This story is really about bullying and not so much about birthday parties or turning 10 years old.

The story starts off light and fun with the birthday party and his grandad playing the part of a magician named The Great Magisco! Max, the sister of
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Susan Barton
Billy Has a Birthday is part of James Minter’s “Billy Growing Up” series for 7 – 9 year olds. In this installment, Billy is excited for his upcoming tenth birthday party. When an older boy named Eddy Jost gets angry about not being invited to Billy’s party, he confronts Billy while he’s out riding his new birthday bike and demands Billy hand over the birthday money he got from his granddad. How will Billy handle this?

I found Billy Has a Birthday a little on the long side and I wondered if 7 – 9
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Natasha
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was loaned to me through the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own.
I loved this series of four books about the adventures of Billy and his best friend Ant. They are typical 10 year olds and enjoy having fun together. What I appreciated about the books was the lessons they taught to readers. Each of the books cover different struggles children might run into as they navigate life. The books provided strong adult support which only added to the stories. The setting in England
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Saralyn Richard
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone ages 8-11, as well as their teachers, parents, and grandparents. Minter's characters leap from the page--they are so realistically portrayed. The storyline is wholesome and well-crafted, and the anti-bullying theme is so timely. After this one book, I'm a solid Billy fan, and a solid Minter fan, too
Denise Frye
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a bad book in the least, and I liked the topic, which is probably the real reason behind all those 5-star ratings. Wasn't particularly happy with the solution, but kids will surely enjoy the story and the charming illustrations.
Jo-Marie Jo-Marie
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bullies Beware!

So often, children are bothered by bullies and don't know what to do. This book by James Minter is fun to read and can help kids learn an important lesson. This book would be a great tool in school anti-bullying programs.
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I enjoyed this audio book by James Minter. The subject matter was appropriate for the age group intended. Bullying is something a lot of children deal with, and this book gives a child comfort in knowing that someone is listening to their troubles, and there are ways to "beat" bullying in a positive way.

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James is a dad to two grown-up children, and a step father to three more. His fiction writing career started some five years ago with books designed to appeal to the inner child in all of us - very English humour. Later his daughter Louise, reminded him of the bedtime stories he told her, and suggested he might like to commit them to paper for others to enjoy. He hasn't yet, but instead embarked o ...more