Hm. When I showed my nephew that I remembered to check out Commander Toad and the Space Pirates as he requested, he giggled gleefully. He sat on my lap as we read this book, and even though it's long, he listened to it and soaked in the pictures.
Unfortunately, I could see looks of confusion crossing his face as we read, and he did not
understand the ending at all. I had to explain the ending to him (and also to his older sister), so I was a little disappointed that this book didn't seem to be as fun for the kids as Commander Toad in Space
was. We do still like Commander Toad, however, and I'm sure we'll read more books from this series.