Brian does lie. My favorite thing about this book is how easily and quickly the neo-feng-shui message falls apart. 1. The mouse got the magpie started. Hypocrite. 2. A magpie is supposed to collect trinkets. It's his nature. 3. (And the best of all) The detailed pictures of -stuff- are the kind I want to get lost in--brilliant! It was like looking at what my grandma used to call her 'crazy jar'--that clear quart jar filled to the top with little found items from all over. The deep draw of the pictures makes me fall in love with the magpie's OCD. And really, does the magpie learn his lesson because the mice decide to tell him how much is too much? What happens tomorrow? I don't believe the lesson for even half a second! I usually wouldn't give a book like this a 4, but I also really enjoyed how the story was told entirely with quantity words and phrases--we often have arguments at home about where 'a few' ends and 'several' begins.