Our five year has hundreds of picture books. But, every night since we purchased this book, she's asked us to read it again. And when we're done, she yells, "Again!"
We're happy to oblige, because it's a delightful book. Steig manages to capture complex, quirky moods and expressions in his marionette characters with an unparalleled economy and simplicity. The dialogue is witty and urbane, without leaving the preschooler behind. The story touches delicately on the perennial and perhap most interesting philosophical question we can ask: Why are we here?