I love this book! I ordered this book for my 3 year old for Christmas because while we are not strict vegetarians, we are gradually moving in that direction, it looked like a great book and the set with book and the bendy dragon was precious.
Anyway, when we read the book, we all loved it! I've read people's reviews about how violent it is and all I can say is that how violent it actually is, has a lot to do with the tone with which it is read. I don't believe that a 3 year old will look at the page where Meathook tries to get Herb to take the wild boar meat and say " Hey look - there's blood dripping off that thing!" I really think you can read the book in it's entirety without promoting violence. I really didn't see anything gory about it, but that could have something to do with the fact I'm a surgical nurse in a trauma center and I see real gore. This book is great because the art work is gorgeous and the story promotes tolerance and acceptance - I think that is one of the most positive things about it and I think that it's one the author's ideals for this book.It's more important to teach our children acceptance and tolerance than it is to teach them that vegetarianism is the only way. But that's a whole other story in itself. p.s. My 15 year old loved this book too!