Ruby and Leonard and the Great Big Surprise By Judith Rossell
A sweet pastel-colored story about a brother mouse, Leonard and his sister, Ruby deciding to make a birthday surprise. They work as a team to make frosted cupcakes and along the way they keep reminding each other to be quiet and not ruin the surprise. As you look carefully at the pictures you'll see some whiskers, paws or a head lurking in the background of each page. The surprise is that they have been watched all along by their other brothers and sisters because they all share a huge birthday (and birthday party) together. The cute illustrations are very heartwarming. Best as a lap-read with a young child who might be excited about their own upcoming birthday celebration.