Put up the bunting and get those fondant fancies out, it's time to celebrate, clever debut picture book creator Ben Mantle has come up trumps with this bright and vibrant celebration of imagination and friendship. A gloriously garish pallet is a feast for the eyes and the woodland characters go about their daily woody business with great charm.
Squirrel finds himself in a pickle as he tries desperately to compete with his chums to buy beloved bubble bath loving bear the best birthday present.
The message of this story is simple and universal. The best things in life are not always the things which come in the biggest boxes and sometimes special moments shared with friends are the best gift of all.
An absolute beauty! Well done Ben.