This is a very intelligently, and stylishly written tale of fantasy that is so popular these days. Personally I don't care much for these fantasy kingdom type stories. But I'm certainly not the audience that its directed at. This book easily filled in two bedtime rituals over the course of the same number of nights. It was an instant hit for both its story that was developed beautifully along the way, as well as even excellent character development that is very rare, or often not even bothered with in children's stories these days. The story is quite long, but totally engaging from beginning to end. The only thing that one may have trouble with as to this book is getting a child to accept that the end of any given chapter is going to be all that there is tonight. This is not a book that is easily put down by either a parent reading it, or a child that is old enough to make it through by themselves. In any event, its one of the best children's stories I have come across in a long time. As an editor by trade, I particularly enjoyed both the brilliant visuals that it presented by the story alone, along with even an enviable amount of wisdom and intelligence that was demonstrated and played out.
If I was going to say anything as to the way of cons with this book, it would be the illustrations. They follow the story very well and are numerous throughout, but done in a very modern, variegated style with little in the way of depth and clarity in my opinion. But once again, I was brought up on Golden Books with very clear colorful characters well defined and recognized. That is not always what is found in children's books today, and the kids I read this too took to them very well. They're used to it, and love it...Overall, one of the best written and thought provoking illustrated story books I have read in a very long time, and I highly recommend it.. : )
A sample book was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review..