When I began reading this book I was not sure I would like it despite the tantalizing and fun synopsis. However, After I got through what I had initially deemed "fluff," I realized that the "fluff" had a purpose. It draws you in, connects you to the characters, and gives you that emotional investment to their plight. I am very glad to have had the chance to read this book and I can hardly wait for my son to be old enough for me to read this to him. He's a year and a half now so it may be a while but since one of his favorite movies is Cats & Dogs I anticipate he will like this book very much someday.