The illustrations are just right for this age group, though I would have liked the author to also use a graphic artist to give a better layout rather than the simple page to page of picture to text.I don't wish to be picky but if the target age is 4-6 years, then the use of words like 'rejoiced' 'mentioned,'figured,'instead of a simple 'said,' can be confusing as is 'excellent,' instead of just 'good.'
The theme of the story is to show that taking part in competitions is more important than winning. As the story brings us to the animal Olympic Games, I was disappointed that the events were dismissed in one sentence near the end. I think the children would have loved to read how the animals performed. Sniffy came in last,and Lollopy came first-how did it happen? Although Lollopy makes an overlong speech at the end to comfort poor Sniffy, I'm not sure it works.Being a UK author, I am concerned at the price of this book, as similar books retail around $7, but maybe prices are higher in the USA. There are other books by this author, using the same illustrator, and children should find them entertaining.
Brian Lux (Award Winning 'Court of Foxes.')