I can immediately see why the this made such a lasting impression on me, because the illustrations are marvelous; containing just that kind of humorous and fascinating background detail that brings a child back to the book again-and-again.
This kind of illustration is the child's equivalent to the seriousness and self-consistency of 'world building' that some adults enjoy and appreciate among the best High Fantasy writers.
The illustrator remembered to give him hare ears rather than rabbit ears, avoiding a common mistake!
@ap - Yes, and the illustrator also got right that hedgehogs prefer to wear bow ties!
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