This is a truly beautiful story, a wonderful modern fairy tale. And it was read perfectly. The themes are heavy and melancholy, primarily dealing with loss, death and grief. But it was marvelously handled and easily accessible to the 2nd grader listening with me. And, in the end (and throughout), it was ultimately hopeful and empowering. We both loved every minute of it!
This was a cute, funny story. We were unfamiliar with the series when I bought. Both my son and I love audiobooks, and this one is truly well-read. The only problem is that you miss the cute illustrations. We read the 2nd in the series aloud ourselves, and access to the illustrations made a difference.