if i really have to judge or rate or whatever, it might be a four star book.
I don't think this is a book for children, I don't think so. It's story about children, but I'm not sure I'd want my future-children to read it though they might enjoy it tremendously. For one thing, the book doesn't infantilize, romanticize or in any way sugar coating childhood. Children are unpredictable and have meanness in them unsurpassable by adult. I think we rather tend to forget or try to ignore this (too much Disney or Blyton consumption?) Having said that, I think this book is rather wonderful in its spiky horrible way. Highly recommended.