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Annie and Bo and the big surprise
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New York : Puffin, 2002.
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Bo bakes a full moon cake as a surprise for his friend Annie, but the outcome is unexpected.


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Bo wants to give a present to his best friend Annie. But what would she like? Bo sees the moon and decides to bake Annie a cake that is big and round. "A full moon cake," he says. Bo knows he has to keep his gift a secret from Annie until the right moment. And he knows exactly when the right moment to give someone a full moon cake is. Warm, vivid pictures and lyrical text bring Annie and Bo to life.

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Horn Book Review

Inspired by the full moon, Bo the mouse bakes a big, round cake as a surprise present for his best friend Annie. She hugs him so enthusiastically that the cake lands on the snowy ground and gets broken. Bo is upset, but Annie, true friend that she is, finds a way to make things right. Jaunty illustrations add pizzazz to this accessible early reader. From HORN BOOK Fall 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Partridge's (Oranges on Golden Mountain, p. 56, etc.) story is sweet and gentle and, if it is not highly (or even remotely) original, it will give beginning readers some fast-clipping exercise. The tale, crowned by Weston's (Owen Foote, Super Spy, p. 1424, etc.) affectionate illustrations, revolves around the efforts of a mouse, Bo, to surprise his friend Annie with a present of his own making. Moved by the beauty of the moon glowing in the winter night's sky, Bo decides to bake a "full moon cake" for Annie. The cake is just ready to come out of the oven when Annie appears at Bo's door wanting to go skating. When he can't stall her any longer, "Bo ran out and slammed the door behind him. He smiled at Annie. It was a great big smile. It was a fake smile. Bo couldn't fool his best friend. Bo,' said Annie. What are you hiding?' " He admits it's a surprise, but keeps the secret close. After he rushes home from the skating pond to get the present, Annie begins to worry why he is taking so long. She runs into him in the woods making his way to her house. Since it's dark, and he was throwing a scary shadow, and she was relieved to see him, Annie gives him a big hug. Bo dumps the cake. Wisely, Annie gets some forks and they tuck in. It's fun having friends no matter what the circumstances, and part of that fun could be reading this together, with its voice parts-veritable bursts of prose-for an amiable duet. (Easy reader. 5-8)

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. In this Dutton Easy Reader, little mouse Bo wants to surprise his best friend, Annie, with something special. What should it be? He decides to make her a cake, but instead of giving it to her right away, he tries to build suspense, dropping clues throughout their day of skating. When he finally delivers the cake, he accidentally drops it into the snow. Plucky Annie doesn't mind a bit. The two friends finish off the treat, and, cold and wet, return to Annie's house, where Bo jumps, fully clothed, into a bathtub of hot water. The story drifts, losing momentum toward the odd ending. Nevertheless, it touches on the awkwardness that sometimes comes with gestures of affection between friends, and the simple, descriptive language and short sentences are just right for beginning readers. Weston's bright, action-packed artwork makes endearing characters of the story's two rodent stars. --Gillian Engberg