Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: Why do Henry Bear’s parents insist on keeping him up late at night, feeding him chocolate cake three times a day, and suggesting he stay home from school to watch TV? Turns out Henry made a wish on his last birthday that his parents could be more fun. It’s been a year now, and Henry is ready to go back to some rules. When he finally gets to school on his birthday (late, thanks to Mom and Dad), he meets a new girl, Marjani, and invites her to to his house, where they discover, to Henry’s horror, that they’re having candy instead of cake for his birthday dinner. With no candles to blow out, is Henry doomed to have another year of fun parents? Marjani just might have the solution. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: There’s a moral to this story, but it comes wrapped in a beautifully illustrated (Henry’s city is inspired by Ticino, Switzerland) and humorous package, that kids won’t mind at all.
Cons: If Henry’s new birthday wish doesn’t come true, Mom and Dad Bear might be getting a visit from the child welfare authorities.