I am very conflicted about thus book.
This is a very funny book. I really liked the silly illustrations.
However, I'm not a big fan of the message. Cheetah is undeniably a big jerk who thinks he is better then everyone else. The cats trick him so they can win the race, feel bad about it, and then feed in to Cheetah's delusion of how amazing he is by telling him he won instead.
This is a story about friendship, but it is not a very good model of friendship. It's about arrogance, lying, and tricking "friends" to get what you want.
Fun illustrations, but a horrible message.