Garrison Keillor shows a great sense of humor, great rhythm in this odd tale. Let me first warn you though, read it to yourself first once, before trying to read it aloud to a child. If you are not familiar with gourmet cheeses you will be completely tounge tied. My husband and I both love it, our 4 sons have all loved it, as have any friends who have sat on our couch reading it to their children. The detail in some of the illustrations catches the eye of the slightly more sophisticated readers, while still appealing to the little ones. I would say, for oral reading, due to the number of foreign words that this is for the adult to read to the child.