I love this book, mostly because of the characters. The story focuses on The Casson family. Both of the Casson parents are artists, although Bill is a "professional" artist and lives and works in London whereas Eve simply paints in her shed. Their children, Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo and Permanent Rose (Caddy, Saffy, Indy and Rose) are the best though. They are all named after paint colors, and each are dealing with some kind of problem; Rose is helping Indigo overcome his fear of heights by jumping out of a windows with him; Caddy is trying to learn to drive while flirting with her driving instructor, Michael, who is fending her of with an imaginary girlfriend; and Saffy , with her newfound friend Sarah, is trying to find her Angel. Michael's reaction is priceless when he drops Caddy of at her house only to find that she has to retrieve indigo, who is sitting with his legs out of a second floor reaction. A good book for every one, but under 8 might not understand parts of the plot and character reactions.