This book may be too twee for some tastes, but overall I found it to be a sweet read. For those who know their children's classics, the identity of the old man in the toy shop will come as no surprise, I guessed it very early on. The story deals with emotional issues that everyone will face at some time in their life and Boyne tells the tell like a fable. Whether it's a fable for adults or children is open to debate. There is certainly nothing objectionable in the book for a young reader, but I suspect some of the emotional issues will resonate more with an adult. There are some clever twists and great characters sprinkled throughout the story but I suspect that most older readers will guess the ending long before the book is over.