Not only this book is a great treat for any young child but it's a perfect example of pictures and text complementing each other. Janet Burroway's rhyming verse is so concise, while full humorous dialogues and descriptions. It sets the pace for the story, creating anticipation for what's to come in the next page, while always in line with the pictures - so effective! A complete contrast with many contemporary children's books that rely so heavily on gimmicks, but have such poor content.
John Vernon Lord's illustrations are a treasure to any illustrator.The characters in the book are so well observed they could each tell a story in their own right. Their clothes, postures, expressions make me laugh each time I look at the book and always remind me of characters from TV shows of that era! Here is a very interesting lecture given by the artist on this particular book (a link from Wikipedia): http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/g/gjs/g.htm