Well yes, of course! I have a treasured copy from my own childhood which is also still treasured by my own now rather more grown-up children. I think it is an absolute mastrerpiece of children's writing and illustration whose prose reads like poetry and whose pared down language and phrasing carries multiple layers of rich and subtle meaning. Children certainly do love it and I think that is because it speaks directly to their experience. I suspect that if someone doesn't like this book, they have forgotten what it was like to be a child.