I consider this to be one of the best books I have ever read. You might as well start by reading it aloud to someone you love because you are going to be reading them all of the funny parts anyhow. The descriptions of the island are so magical, I feel like I've been there. Not yet, but I hope someday. I can't tell you how many times I've read it, but I can tell you it never gets old. I'm happy to have it on my kindle now so I can dive in at any time. Oh yeah, besides all that, having a child naturalist as storyteller - very informative as well.