I bought this to read with my son but ended up reading it myself. It was simple and beautiful and oh so much fun to read. A quote from the book keeps coming back to me as I read the sometimes awful news feeds. "Does such a place exist where someone can't be unexpectedly helped or hurt?" I may not have the quote exactly as written but the thought comes every time I read an upsetting bit of what passes for news these days. The bloggers, the entertainment "news" make it seem this place is relentlessly cruel. It can be but it can also be suprisingly beautiful and kind.