There is a way to write, that is simple, yet not condescending. An economy of words that wraps up emotions, actions and adventures with charm and wit while being appropriate for the young and entertaining even for older readers. Knowing this, it's easy and always exciting to come across a classic book. This book IS a classic and I'd never heard of it until this year. I knew it as soon as I opened it and read the first bit, then watched my 7 year old daughter glow about it. We're a homeschooling family and so we buy a lot of books (our local library is dismal, living in a very rural area) to keep our children reading and interested. The whole New York Times review of books is a treasure trove for us that we're excited to explore. In these times we find that reading for the young has become one poor, grouchy, rude, second rate Scholastic book after another, so we search pretty rigorously for books just like this. Our 7 year old, found these a bit below her reading level, but it doesn't change the fact that she loved to read them, they made a reading experience that she'll remember, that was positive, and that's what it's all about. There are no one star reviews for a reason, buy this book.