While I remembered this book fondly from when I was a kid, I was most surprised by how contagious Van Vleck's yawn still is. I was yawning. Kids were yawning. But we all enjoyed Dr. Seuss's rhyme and rhythm which put everyone to bed without complaints. I've yet to get through the tongue-twisting words without error but I consider it a challenge! While it does take a bit more time than an easy board book, there's lots of fun to be had counting Crandall's with their candles and discussing how drawbridges work. Makes for a great bedtime.