I Love Cake!: Starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose

 
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I Love Cake!: Starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
May 03, 2016
ISBN
9780062278944
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Bestselling author Tammi Sauer’s characters are both lovable and mischievous. In I Love Cake!, the first picture book featuring irrepressible Moose, orderly Rabbit, and fun-loving Porcupine, Rabbit plans a fabulous birthday party with fun activities and a delicious cake. Porcupine and Moose come to enjoy Rabbit’s big day, but everything goes south when impulsive Moose loses control of his appetite!

With hilarious bits of dialogue throughout, I Love Cake! is not only a dynamic read-aloud, it works as an inspiration for a short play. Themes of friendship and forgiveness come through on every page—and the birthday theme makes I Love Cake! an excellent choice for a birthday gift!

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Silly, Sweet, Simple
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose are best friends. Rabbit is good at being the boss. Porcupine is good at having fun. Moose is just Moose. When Rabbit hosts her own birthday party, Moose is most excited about the cake. He is so excited, in fact, that he can’t wait for it and eats the whole thing before the others can share it with him. Understandably, they are upset, and Moose decides to try to make it up to them.

Sauer and Rozelaar create three characters who are simple and fun and remind readers of the joys and challenges of friendship. Reminiscent of Paul O. Zelinsky’s Z is for Moose and Circle, Square, Moose, Moose is silly, impulsive, and unabashedly himself, and Rabbit and Porcupine accept him for who he is. I would have liked to have seen a less stereotypical portrayal of gender (Rabbit, the bossy character, is a girl; Porcupine and Moose, the fun-loving and rash characters, are boys). An easy change of pronouns (and a redistribution of eyelashes) would have provided a subtle—but important—challenge to the depictions of gender children typically see.

Young children will appreciate the verbal and visual humor, making this a likely choice for repeated readings. Porcupine, for example, keeps getting stuck on different objects such as Rabbit’s present or a tree branch above a trampoline. These details are one of the biggest strengths of the book. That said, I did have a few unresolved questions that I imagine detail-oriented children might bring up. For instance, I wondered why Moose lives in a house with a door too small for him to get out of easily. I also wondered what Porcupine’s present for Rabbit actually was.

On the whole, though, this is an enjoyable book, and I recommend it to young children who love animals, laughing, and, of course, cake!
Good Points
Funny text and illustrations that children will love.

Bright, engaging illustrations.

A story about friendship and apologizing especially suited for young children.

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What's not to love about cake?
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4.0
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4.0
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Best friends Rabbit, Porcupine and Moose have great fun frolicking about Sweet Valley Woods. When Rabbit's birthday rolls around, she invites her friends to a party. They have a lot of fun playing games, but when it comes time for the cake, they find it is gone. Moose has been acting suspiciously, and after initially denying having eaten the cake, confesses to doing so. He feels bad, and Rabbit and Porcupine are angry with him. He goes home to think about what he has done, and decides to bake another cake to share with his friends. They forgive him, and everyone enjoys the cake.
Good Points
Like a modern day Frog and Toad, I Love Cake teaches a gentle lesson about being tempted to do the wrong thing, and how to make things right if you have. In typical three-year-old fashion, Moose denies having eaten the cake even though he is covered in crumbs and lets out a huge, cake scented burp. This reminded me of Ainslie Pryor's 1989 Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies-- Baby Blue Cat and Moose would get along really well, although there would always be a critical shortage of baked goods!

The illustrations are exuberant and full of motion. The bright colors add to the happy atmosphere of friends playing together, and I liked how each of them got to say something on almost every page. This would be a great feature to have a child in charge of reading. What does Moose say on this page? What does Rabbit say? The story also makes a great springboard for discussion about how important it is to wait for things and to share them with friends.
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