Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor and Jill Barton

The simplest stories can be some of the hardest to get right — if it’s too straightforward, it becomes boring; if it’s saddled with unnecessary fluff, it becomes fussy and try-hard. Thus, Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake is a breath of fresh air. Not only is this charming book executed well — with a good story that is complemented with understated pencil illustrations that look as sweet as the giant cupcake on the cover — but it also has a nice, feel-good message about the perks of sharing.

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