My kindergartner son checked this book out from his school library because the cover is exciting and appealing (that's my interpretation, not his.) We read it every other night for the week and then had to get it for him. The objections I read from the book reviewers I find ridiculous. The book's intended audience doesn't get the "Gilligan's Island", "Flipper" or "Lassie" references. They don't think Grandpa is dead. And they don't care if the illustrations are what an adult would call "lurid." So there are things off kilter that sink into adult minds, they don't sink into five year olds. My son just thought the book was cool, and, you know what, I tend to agree.
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