I loved the illustrations: the foods look really yummy, the two houses are very unique, the roller coaster was really fun, and all the creatures are appealing.
As an adult I saw where the story was going and knew what the message would be, but it’s a good message, and this story is told in a really fun way. This could make a good read aloud book and could be great for starting a discussion between adults and children and among children as well. Despite being able to predict the whole thing, I found this very enjoyable and will recommend it to some young people I know.
Re the message: My mother's mother played the same trick on her, one of the stories from her childhood that she told me when I was a child.