This is a book that I thought would get ignored on the shelf, but the kids ask for it at bedtime every now and then.
I had thought the sentiment was too sappy, especially for the older ones, but I think there are two reasons they like it:
• The illustrations (Marcellus Hall) are a lot of fun, with lots of details to look at, and they help convey a sense of adventure: deep-sea diving, space travel, etc.
• When the kids have a frustrating day at school or with friends, or feel jealous of a sibling, they like a cuddle and a story that reminds them that they are loved, even though they wouldn’t admit it.
This is a good, solid bedtime book.