If you are or were the type of kid to devour old-fashioned stories along with more modern books, picking up on the quirks of language, the differing family values, and the odd perspective everyone seemed to have on life, this book is a wonderful read. Lois Lowry's sendup of classic children's literature is great, so long as your sense of humor is working properly. The story itself has wonderful bits, from the way the childrens' parents treat them, to a boy's silly attempts at German, to the interplay between the four Willoughbys. But the real gem is at the very end, the Glossary. Rather than stick definitions of words in the narrative, like Lemony Snicket, Lois Lowry sticks them at the end. Any child who checks the dictionary as he or she reads and gets the real definiton of the words will grin when they read what Lowry says about each word. For me, that was the best part of an already good book.