I hesitated in buying this book for many months because of the fact that it looked more like an art book that I wouldn't want my toddler to get dirty fingerprints over! It comes with a dust cover which I have removed as it would definitely have been ripped by now. So its not the most child friendly of bindings/prints but if you like lovely design books like me then you will love the quality and feel of the print of this book, plus its larger format really shows off the beautiful illustrations.
I wish I had bought this book sooner as my daughter loves it. She loves the illustrations and really enjoys recognising all of the animals. I think the captions in this book are a bit strange at times and somewhat superfluos. For example, I don't think a 2 year old understands that the fox would be hiding from the 'furrier' or that the flamingos know they are attractive so 'play at symmetry'. But having said that my little girl loves this book anyway, and I followed up this purchase by buying the abc book, which I also hesitated about since she has so many but I am quite glad I bought it in the end.
My one big criticism about this book is also the very thing that I love about it as well. I love the uncoated paper, the binding, the dust jacket, but if you have a thing about nice design/art books then you might have to buy two - so you can keep one looking good and let your baby/toddler loose on the other! I think the publisher should consider a more child proof binding......that and some of the random text is my reason for giving this a 4 star as opposed to a 5.