Got this book because it was one of my favorite and most memorable as a child and I wanted my son to enjoy. He enjoyed the funny poems as much as I did. I want to get him Light in the Attic and Giving Tree too. Binding and printing are excellent and it's a nice hardcover that should last for years. If you haven't read a Shel Silverstein poem book (or if your children haven't) I recommend starting with this one or Light in the Attic. They both have awesome fun poems. Where the Sidewalk Ends is the first one I read way back in the late 1980s and was quickly followed by Light in the Attic and I have remembered bits of some of the poems ever since.. they were that good (and funny) to me as a child. The illustrations (also by the author) are fun too and will be enjoyed. A great gift.