Honestly I bought this book because it's a classic that everyone talks about. What a waste. People must be nostalgic or something but as someone who never read it before, it frankly sucks. The story is weak. The illustrations are bizarre (what kind of kid has a raging fireplace in their room?). Half the pictures are in black and white. At first I thought there must be a printing issue. Mechanically the book is fine and will withstand a beating but it'll probably sit on my shelf collecting dust until it gets given away. Disappointing.