I got this book for my home before I purchased this set for a friend. I love the book, it's cute and interesting. Fun for kids, and not too boring for adults. The book is great. But, honestly, I would skip this set with the stuffed friend unless you have a super responsible child. It's made with cheaper materials, and it won't last very long or hold up to much a kid could throw at it. If they want it as a friend to hold while reading the book, then this is okay. It will not be the stuffie your child sleeps with and loves on a lot (I wish it was). It's also very very small. I think the decision is kid dependent, but I will say I hoped for better stuffie quality. I will stick with just the book for my house.