I bought this book as part of a homeschool package for my daughter when she was 4 years old. She loved the book. We would look at the detailed pictures together,but she would come back to the book on her own and examine the details. I don't think I have ever seen her sit still for longer than she did while enjoying this book. Unfortunately, the book was lost when we moved house. I simply HAVE to buy it again. On a personal note, I got a kick out of the names of the characters who live in Banilla---Mayor Naise, Les Chatter (the teacher), Mike Atsill(the vet), and Bob Bunn (the baker, of course), just to name a few.
I received this book as part of a preschool homeschool package from Sonlight. At the beginning of the term, my daughter loved this book. By the end of the term she was bored with it. We took a long break in the middle of the term to move, and I think that maybe she was just too old (five) by the time we resumed our lessons. I would recommend it maybe for three and four year olds. Like another reviewer, I also found the names of the people of Banilla to be super cute, but it just wasn't enough to make it interesting for my five year old. The pages of this book were also super busy, and I know that some kids really enjoy that, but I think it might have been too busy for my daughter. I have found that to be the case with other Usborne books, as well.
This was my favourite book as a very small child and I remember it very fondly. My favourite pages were of a hotel, where a pop band were staying. I have it at an age before I could read independently, but would spend a lot of time pouring over the pictures, there are lots of humorous background characters and little animals to spot. This book is a fantastic prompt for talking to children about what your job is - my dad was a builder, so he would point to the pictures and say things like "I use one of these at work" and that helped me understand that he didn't just disappear in the daytime! This is also a good book if you want your children to be exposed to seeing adults in non-gender conforming jobs in a subtle way. There is a female mayor, a female doctor and a male primary school teacher - possibly others that I can't remember. Reading this book with my parents is how I learnt that a nurse isn't a 'girl doctor' too. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly.