Rabbit, Porcupine and Moose are the best of friends. They do everything together, and enjoy each other’s company immensely. So for Rabbit’s birthday, they are looking forward to having fun together at her birthday party. Rabbit is excited to throw a party, Porcupine is excited to see his friends and play games, and Moose is excited for cake. But when the party begins, Moose becomes so distracted by the delicious-smelling cake that he neglects his friends, and when the time comes to blow out the candles, the friends are shocked to find that Moose has impulsively eaten the whole thing without them! Rabbit is brokenhearted and Porcupine is furious, despite Moose’s attempts at excuses and apologies. They ask him to leave the party, and Moose realizes that putting his wishes ahead of his friends’ happiness was selfish. But how can he make it up to them?
This was a really great story, and it left me with a smile. The happy-go-lucky friends are adorable, the plot is meaningful yet moves at a good pace, and the lesson is a classic one. I liked that Moose put a lot of effort into trying to make up for his actions; it shows that it’s important to not only apologize, but to try and make things right. The art is adorable, and uses a pleasing color scheme, charming character design and some great visual tidbits to support the story. The length was perfect, and JJ definitely enjoyed it. This is a fun book with a fantastic lesson, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!