There's a lot of "classic" books that I really don't think are all that great but this one is a must read, not only for yourself. Read it to your children!
This book is being censored left and right in schools due to language in it (racially) but don't let it stop you from reading it. As a matter of fact, read it as it was written. The story will by far outweigh the sensitive issues; as a matter of fact they will better add to the story (and give you a chance to explain these things to your children if need be). Don't think it's all serious because it's more fun than anything!
This is a story that should be required reading in life just for the fun of it!
Read it to your children! I have great memories of my grandmother reading it to us!