I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this for our son. He received several of these I-Spy books in children's meals at a local fast food place but our puppy chewed the corner of one, so I quickly logged onto Amazon to see if I could find a sturdier replacement. This book has most if not all of the shorter books that came with his children's meals in a durable hardcover edition. I really like that it had a place in the front cover where I could (and did!) write his name (he likes to read EVERYTHING in his books and he really likes when he can see his name!). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to other parents or teachers- it would make a lovely, inexpensive (it doesn't look cheap though!) gift or addition to any children's library!