This (169 page) book is perfect for reading aloud in installments over a week or two with a little human in your life;
- I knew it was a hit when we neared the end and I said, "We'll have finished this soon!" and Esky replied eagerly, "And then can we read it again!?"
- I foresee this becoming a family favourite over the years, and I won't mind re-reading it.
- It doesn't have anything too scary, it appeals to childish humour without relying on anything vulgar or mean-spirited to do so (and nothing unkind is left unchecked), and it introduces some colourful vocabulary and ideas without losing younger listeners/readers.
- The magical content helps!
- I enjoyed seeing Esky pick up on most of the plays on words / puns / ambiguity (including the book's title) and anticipating narrative development. There are a few poetic turns of phrase that are lovely too, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek names for places and people for older readers.
- The sketchy illustrations throughout were welcomed by my li'l listener (in fact, listeners -- Ivy, age 3, was attentive for our sessions too, but she didn't request them or relish them as Esky did, age almost-5). A great transition-to-big-books book.