This book was fairly well-written and my 5 year old son loved it enough to move on to the next in the series. I did think it was a bit formulaic and rushed. There was seldom any pause whatsoever between crises. The main character, Twig, rarely has a moment to breath between adventures. This didn't give him much time for character development. It mostly seemed as if the story was happening to him. Still, fairly enjoyable and definitely action packed.