The characters in this book are all characters out of traditional nursery rhymes or fairy tales. They are Jack Spratt, Goldielocks, the Ginger Bread Man and so forth and they all come with their fairy tale foibles, propensities and magical powers. It is obviously written for adults because of its vocabulary and complexity, but it reads like and has the feel of a children's story. I suppose that is intentional and the author deserves praise for so skilfully pulling that off. For that reason I give it two stars rather than one, but that air of a children's story is not to my taste anyway. It is also meant to be funny. What else could it be meant to be. However, the humor comes off to me as just silly.