Book Week 2021 in Schools | Adaptation of shortlisted Picture Book Your Birthday Was The BEST! by Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala

Meerkat Productions


“I thought the book was told beautifully through the songs and props. The whole show was excellent.”
Holy Cross School, Trinity Park, Cairns QLD about our 2020 adaptation

"The puppetry and the interpretation of the story, the message of 'it's ok to be different'. I also enjoyed the audience participation as well as the musical insert to the play."
Conargo Public School, NSW about our 2020 adaptation

From Meerkat Productions

Your Birthday was the BEST! by Maggie Hutchings, illustrated by Felicita Sala

From the author of the best-selling Mermaid! and Unicorn! and one of the world’s hottest new picture-book illustrators comes the story of a plucky young cockroach who gate-crashes a birthday party – with hilarious results. Funny, silly and surprisingly cute, Your Birthday Was the BEST! is the perfect blend of downright gross and delightfully entertaining.

It’s an uplifting story with an insect protagonist that always looks on the bright side of life.
Our adaptation focuses on the themes of resilience and rising to challenges.

Each year, in celebration of Book Week, we adapt two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for the Book of The Year Awards.

We choose one book from the Picture Book category & one book from the Younger Readers Chapter Book category and create two 40-minute musical productions including original songs and puppetry.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only company adapting both a picture book and a younger readers chapter book each year; therefore, ensuring age appropriate performances for all students.

We also support Australian authors by paying royalties for every child that attends a performance of one of our adaptations.

The music is written by Tim Smith (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) & Luke Hunter (Come From Away, The Sound of Music) and the shows are designed by Elizabeth Millington (founder of Dead Puppets Society) and Astrid Mendez (Internationally touring Puppeteer).

Includes a teacher resource pack and a targeted, structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum. We discuss the themes raised in the book and the show and support Inquiry Learning as we discuss how the shows were produced and how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

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More Reviews

"Lots of energy. Content is appropriate and multimodal. Very enjoyable and engaging. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show."
St William's Grovely Catholic Primary School, QLD about our 2020 adaptation

“Probably the best show we have had visit our school.”
Middleton PS, Parkes NSW about our 2019 adaptation

“Love the natural involvement of the children in the production.”
Canberra Grammar ELC, Red Hill ACT about our 2019 adaptation

“The students were able to gain the emotions of the story through your interpretation with believable characters.”
Binda Public School, Binda NSW about our 2019 adaptation

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Kinder to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English, Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, English, Literacy, Resilience, Finding The Best In Situations, Rising To Challenges


Drama, Music Theatre, Puppetry


40 - 45 minutes plus Question & Answer time


$8.80 +GST per student (minimum show fee $880 +GST)

School Term:
Term 3


Tours throughout ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC during Term 3.
1hr set up time required, 45 minute pack up time required.

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