This just might be the perfect read aloud and the perfect book. Funny and pointed, this book works for children and adults. The sentences are elegant, the characters memorable, and Jules Feiffer’s illustrations are wonderful. If I were to propose a “One Country, One Book” title, it would be this. I think this one is worth re-reading on a regular basis.

We’re on to The Mysterious Benedict Society next. I hope the kids like it because they’ve been arguing for Lord of the Rings.