*My son absolutely loves what author Katie Mullaly and illustrator Toby Allen put together here and especially gets a kick out of discussing the personified "options"
*I defy you to find a higher quality (in both look and feel) hard-copy children's book
*The overall message of decision-making is valuable, although as you'll see below, it isn't perfectly executed
*There are times when trying to rhyme too much text ends up distracting the reader to such a degree that the core theme(s) gets lost behind the cadence itself
*By not titling the Yabbut section as a place name (especially since the map actually does do this), it ends up messing up the flow -- in short, we jump from what I initially thought was going to be an illustration-specific character name checklist to a journey across locations full of visually unidentifiable options
*While neither my son nor I found the characters scary to look at, I could see certain parents shying away from presenting them to their kids
ONE DAD'S OPINION
Sitting down to review this brings back a flood of memories about how hard it is to boil down other people's hard work into a few bullet points. That said, the rating I decided to give was never in doubt. Using the book's own methodology against it, I felt like there a few choices that the writing team made that came back to steer them off-course from their ultimate destination: the Land of Buy.