My son is just about two years old, and we bought this book to read to him. The rhymes and illustrations are really lovely, but the themes around it are terribly dated.
1) Mom is at the kitchen sink and yakety yaking on the telephone. Hello sexism. 2) My son is not yet scared of the dark, but this book almost teaches a child that there is something scary about the dark. And the illustrations while really cool looking, convey this! 3) Almost teaches a child bad behavior, yell to get parent to come quickly. 4) Lastly mother accuses child of being 'dramatic'
Its actually fun to read aloud, but we decided to use it for a month or two while he is still very young and then give it away. We tried returning it and amazon asked us to keep it.