Roger Hargreaves stumbled across the perfect formula for children's bed time reading. They're quick to read, easy to follow and colourful to look at. They're timeless too. I had them read to me as a kid and now read them to my children who enjoy them as much as I did. If I ever become a grandad I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the process happen again. A mention also for Arthur Lowe who narrated the TV series. His was the perfect voice for the style of story and the voice I hear in my head (and occasionally try to emulate) when reading the stories out loud.