I purchased this as a gift to a nine-year old relative, whose mother tongue isn't English. The language lessons will begin next year only, but he wants a head start, so this will be a fantastic vocabulary builder for him. The lovely illustrations seem similar to the ones in his reading/spelling book and I don't feel they are too childish yet.
The words are divided into several contexts; home, street, time, and weather to name a few. Many contexts are illustrated with a larger picture, from which specific words have been selected. Each chosen word is both illustrated and spelled.
This reminds me of a picture dictionary, which was my first introduction to English. The lacking element of translation isn't bad, though, because the visual aspects of this book make well up for it. I think 1000 words is a good place to start in a visual manner, after which the child might want something more verbally geared, should their first language not be English.