I bought this as a holiday gift for a young girl in the 2nd grade who could fit seamlessly into one of Ms. Martin's whimsical stories herself! The Oddfellow's Orphanage story is enchanting, the illustrations are gorgeous, our whole family enjoyed it immensely. This version Amazon is selling is paperback though I prefer to buy hardback over paperback if and when available. Alas, it was not. (I already own the hardback version, but had hoped to get this one, which will be a gift, in hardback as well.) Highly recommend this book!