I liked the book cover which made me buy the book (I know I should be ashamed). This is the second book by Roald Dahl I have been reading (the first being "Witches") - and the second time I came out of reading feeling unsatisfied. The idea and the beginning is fine and funny and interesting. But then the tone somehow subtly changes and becomes somewhat nasty (children taking on permament blue skin color, being flattened and all that) - may be I am being a sissy, but there is a nasty and unpleasant streak in Roald Dahl`s writing which does not really strike a favorable chord with me. Apart from that I found parts of the small book a bit lengthy and almost a bit boring. On the plus side is a rich and refined language and very pleasing and well-worded song lyrics. I guess I would not buy - or read - the book a second time, after all.