I have to admit I was skeptical of this title at first, as it seemed a Jewish knock off of Dr. Seuss, but in the end I was completely won over by the wisdom of the story, and the charm of the rhymes and illustrations. I read the book to my eight-year-old son, who is a very harsh critic, and he turned two thumbs up.
It's probably not apparent to children or even adults on a first reading, that the book touches, in its light way, on problems of vulnerability that are deeply imbedded in the psyche. Even if you're not Jewish, it's possible to identify with the Kvetch, a man who cannot allow himself enjoyment for fear of being hurt when that enjoyment is withdrawn.
The authors are to be congratulated in offering a story that is simple and pleasing for children, yet profound and moving for adults. This book deserves to be read and handed down.