My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My father read this to me when I was little. I loved it.
Looking on the way it is put together, it seems like a master-work of kid’s lit. The illustrations surprise you and grab your interest. The amazon review says that they are “wild and wonderful.”
And there is just enough text on each page. The text is not only perfectly balanced with the illustrations, but the sounds and syllables are minimalist, almost like haiku. The Amazon review says the text is “simple and delightfully silly.”
Whether you like phonics or not, this book is also good for language learners, and I will definitely share it with my students. So they don’t feel “talked down to,” I’ll tell them it’s a classic, and that my father read it to me. They can look at it as a historically significant children’s book if they want, but I hope they just enjoy it for what it is — a fun, silly, and whimsical book.