I read this book in an effort to find "school" books for Big Brother to read. It was on a list of recommended reading for second or third grade. It was okay. It very much has that "school" book feel to it but I do not see myself requiring him to read it at any point. The story was kind of forced. The lesson is subtle, which I guess is good for picking apart a book and discussing it but I don't know. I have one more book to read from that list and if that one does not fare better I may abandon the idea.