Fresh from his success on Nick Jr. TV, Kipper reappears in a delightful picture book about generosity and a birthday wish. His friend Pig is having a birthday party, and his wish list centers around one thing -- a pet. Desperate for a rabbit, guinea pig, or something of the sort, Pig wonders just what he'll get. Kipper, being a dutiful friend, runs out to find the perfect furry companion. After passing over the sleepy rabbit and shy mouse, he finds the ideal pet -- a hamster. He feeds the adorable creature and finds he is not only cute but clever -- the hamster does a roly-poly down Kipper's arm!
The day of Pig's birthday party, Kipper and Roly Poly bond over breakfast. Kipper contemplates keeping the furry rascal for himself, and buying Pig a rabbit, an idea he quickly dismisses out of love and loyalty to his friend. But Kipper soon finds out that all of Pig's buddies gave him pets for his birthday! Standing among his new furry friends, Pig displays his own brand of generosity. He lets Kipper take Roly Poly home. His loving gesture is much appreciated, and Kipper and Roly Poly happily eat birthday cake -- together.
Mick Inkpen's thoughtful portrayal of Kipper and Pig as two loving and thoughtful friends will appeal to young readers. And delightfully simple illustrations, sprinkled with humor and lovely color, will charm youngsters. Roly Poly is especially adorable, with his chubby face and sparkling personality. A true treat for Kipper fans! (Amy Barkat)