|Written by||Dan Elliott|
|Series||Sesame Street Start-to-Read|
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 with the party -- until he realizes that he has to wait a whole year until his next rotten birthday.
- Released as a Book-&-Record set (BR-00023), & as a Book-&-Tape set (BT-00023).
- Published by Fisher-Price as a Book-&-Record set (FP 148), & as a Book-&-Tape set (FP 116).
- A Hebrew edition was published in 1981 by Ad'am.