on 27 June 2004
I was brought up with this book, and read it several times a year. Within it's child pleasing story line of a boy who is able to grow antlers, purely because he is challenged to, after a teacher tells him he can do anything, is a kind and true message to all children (and adults for that matter) that when we focus our minds on it, we can do anything. Using the example of growing antlers makes this an entertaining bedtime story, as well as being uplifting for the parent reading it. The moral in this makes it more of a fable, purely fiction, but the message is there for all to see, and is one of the most positive influences a child will hear or read. Wonderful book, well worth the read, and illustrated by Quentin Blake's fun, spiky, drawings.