My eight year old grandson has always preferred sticks over any other toy. I thought he was a little old for this book but he has thoroughly enjoyed it. When I gave him the book, I told him that the book reminded me of him. He reads it to everyone. I also gave him "Its Not a Box" too. Recently we went up to the mountain forest...my grandson was probing the depth of the snow with a stick...when I asked him "What are you doing with that stick?", his answer was of course, "Its not a stick."