Borrowed this from the library after hearing rave reviews from people online. Note to self: those people had (girl) children who enjoyed this book, which made the reading experience pleasurable for both parent and child. I grew up on Tolkien and Carroll and C.S. Lewis...that would explain my "meh" reaction to this omnibus. Maybe one day I'll choose to pick this book up again...probably when I have a little girl I need to entertain before bed. Until that day comes...no thanks.