i really like the current trend in children's publishing (and i guess it's happening in adult publishing too, thank you mcsweeney's) that invests a lot of effort into the packaging of a book to make it a more attractive consumer item. three cave mountain is just such a book with its corrugated lithographic cover. this is a beautifully old-fashioned book bot outside and inside. the story is a gentle tale about four young cousins and their grandfather as they journey up the mountain near their cottage in sweden. the purpose of the journey is to restore mina's courage after having been bitten on the bottom by an alligator as she was falling asleep.