I am surprised at all the poor reviews this book has received on Goodreads. It isn't your average children's book. For the right kid with a great imagination, this could be a great discussion starter. It could be a great starting point for story ideas too. There is a world of stories to create out of the fascinating pictures Shaun Tan has created. I think it would be a fun book to read in September instead of your average dull 'how was your summer' fare.