My introduction to Robert McCloskey came in his classic "Make Way for Ducklings." My two-year-old son was captivated by the illustrations and story and it became a regular request on his nightly bedtime reading list.
He liked it so much, I hopped on Amazon and bought every book McCloskey had ever written or illustrated. Seriously.
Although the recommended age range for this book is 4-8, when the big Amazon box of new books arrived, "Burt Dow" immediately caught my son's attention. He simply couldn't resist the colorful illustrations of Burt Dow and his boat, the "Tidely Idely." The first time we read it, certain pages scared him a little ("Turn the page, Daddy!) but when he realizes Burt would be okay, he couldn't stop asking questions about the story.
Now three-and-a-half, he still requests "Burt Dow, Deep Water Man" every week or two. It's his favorite book and he quotes it often and even finishes many of my sentences when I read it to him.
I couldn't give this book a higher recommendation.
If your child is between two and eight and you are interested in other McCloskey books, consider "Blueberries for Sal," "Lentil," "One Morning in Maine," and of course, "Make Way for Ducklings."
If your children are a little older, say four to eight (maybe a little older) they'll appreciate "Homer Price" and "Centerburg Tales." They might also like "Time of Wonder," a very nice piece of writing and illustration you'll enjoy whether you are a kid or just a kid at heart.