To those reviewers bashing the board book version, I say: get over it! The board book version makes it possible to hold a squirming infant and read and turn the pages at the same time. Accordingly, the baby is exposed to the process of reading at a time when it would otherwise be prohibitive. My five month old loves this book, clearly tries to mimic the sounds of Mr. Brown, and smiles beyond belief as I loudly moo, whoo, buzz, and tick-tock. I think above all else, Suess would want youngsters exposed to his works as early as possible, abridged or otherwise.