I chose this book as a read-aloud because it was an interesting twist on the myth of King Midas, whom we studied last year. Patrick Skene Catling has written a funny, unpredictable book:
The book has a happy ending with a "moral" lesson about selfishness and thinking of others.
Like I said, the girls laughed throughout the book and spent days "acting" it out. It is a quick read and took us two sessions. It is a fairly easy to read chapter book and a newer reader can probably handle it. Also, I think a boy would love it as much as my girls did.