Three good friends (who have been optioned for an animated series) experience friction but work it all out.
"The cowboy was a good friend to the ninja and the bear. / He was kind. / He was caring. / He was fun. / He was funny. / But sometimes he could cause a ruckus.” When he goes bird-watching with the bear, the pop of his gum and his boingy pogo stick scare away the birds. The cowboy doesn’t understand why the bear gives up and leaves. Later, when he pairs up with the ninja to read, the cowboy drums on a rock, plays hacky-sack and chats on his cell. The cowboy doesn’t understand why the ninja gives up on reading. As the cowboy walks through the noisy countryside trying to puzzle things out, he finally gets it. When the three reunite, they each share their hobbies and have a loud old time. Canadians Bruins and Leung return with their exuberant trio of three individuals who sometimes have to put in some effort to make their friendship work. The mix of full-bleed, spot and panel computer-generated illustrations again gives the simple tale visual pizzazz, and the cartoon characters virtually leap off the page.
So far, the ninja and the cowboy have received time in the spotlight; fans will be anticipating the bear’s entry, which is sure to follow. (Picture book. 2-6)