I've long heard this touted as a great early chapter book to share with young children. I've been holding on to it far too long and started to fear that we'd outgrow it before we got around to reading it. While it may be aimed at a slightly younger audience, my eight year old daughter and I still found this very enjoyable indeed. We read it in one sitting - treating it more like a long picture book and that worked well for us - but I can see how this would be a very nice introductory chapter book as the chapters are very short. The language is simple, but not dull or condescending. The story is sweet and engaging. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for chapter books to share with the youngest members of their family!