...because sometimes you just need to read some funnies. Especially when you're only about a quarter of the way into a book that everyone you know loves, and you're getting that sinking feeling you're going to end up hating it, and you want to postpone the inevitable for a little while longer so you start browsing on Amazon and HEY, LOOK! THERE'S A NEW STONE SOUP
COLLECTION! And you just got a gift certificate, plus your kid likes this comic too, so it couldn't be perfecter.
If this applies to you, read this book. Or read it (and the earlier Stone Soup
collections) if you like fun family cartoons that aren't mawkish, sentimental, or chock-full of gender stereotypes.