Publishers Weekly Review
After a frightened Possum races up a tree and gets trapped, Rabbit employs creative problem solving to get her friend back down. Rabbit proposes a variety of options, "but all her ideas made him a little uneasy." In a funny sequence, debut author-illustrator uses a series of speech balloons to showcase Rabbit's dubious plans: a beaver gnawing through the tree trunk, a trio of overtaxed birds flying Possum to safety, or a large pile of leaves that Possum might or might not land in. Eventually, Rabbit enlists the help of a tall moose-the very "monster" that scared Possum up the tree in the first place. Readers know from the start that Moose is no monster, and Possum's reactions to his fellow forest dweller seem a bit odd-has he never seen a moose before? Wulfekotte's cartoons are charming, featuring scruffy pencil detailing and watercolorlike washes of digital color, though after all of the buildup, it's strange that Possum's actual descent from the tree happens off-screen. Ages 4-8. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-Rabbit has invited Possum over for snacks, but Possum has fallen fast asleep and can't be awakened until Moose shows up on the scene, rustling in the bushes for a snack of his own. Waking with a start, Possum assumes that Moose is a monster and rushes up a tree, where he promptly gets stuck. Rabbit's efforts to help Possum out of the tree form the bulk of this simple tale, with Rabbit ultimately persuading Moose to help Possum climb down-the precise mechanics of this maneuver are left to readers' imagination-thus convincing Possum that the creature he had feared was in fact, not a monster trying to eat him. While logic is not necessarily the strong suit here (possums are naturally talented tree climbers) and a panicked possum would most likely fall into a catatonic state-play dead, in other words-not bound up the nearest tree. No matter. Overly stylized, digitally colored illustrations in a muted palette do elevate this gentle friendship story. VERDICT In a field where tales of animal friends helping one another overcome difficulties are thick on the ground, this one is probably an additional purchase at best.-Eileen Makoff, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School, NY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Rabbit is excited for her friend Possum to come over: she cleans her burrow and makes their favorite snacks. But Possum is taking a nap in a clearing, and he won't budge! At least, until he hears what he thinks is a monster and dashes up a tree in terror. But whoops! he doesn't know how to get down. Rabbit attempts various ways to help Possum out of the tree, such as a pile of leaves to fall onto, but all her ideas make him a little uneasy, especially when she makes a ladder that is way too short. Possum is certain that he'll be stuck up the tree forever, but persistent Rabbit eventually comes up with an unusual but perfect solution. Wulfekotte combines lines of description with speech balloons in this comical story. Her cartoon artwork, set in woodsy scenes in a fitting palette of natural tones, amps up the humor with the expressive faces of the two friends with polar-opposite personalities. Kids will have an easy time relating to this funny friendship story.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2017 Booklist