The theatre critic sitting in seat 19 four rows from the front got a bit sniffy at various points in this family entertainment. But he was quickly silenced by the grandfather sitting in the same seat.
It's no good the critic being a bit annoyed by the slowness of scene changing and the rather indifferent miming of the recorded songs when his four-year-old granddaughter is on her feet yelling with delight or sitting spellbound for the rest of the 100 minutes the show runs.
It really works, with both grandfather and critic giving full marks to the terrific costumes, which are of the Lion King sort, with animal heads above the actors' faces.
It's a simple format, as old as storytelling itself, with some great dances and lots of panto-style audience involvement.
A father who is reluctant to read bedtime stories to his kids finds himself falling through a television screen into a strange jungle and has to seek a magic storybook with the aid of various animals, mostly a mischievous monkey sidekick and a scene-stealing crow.
There are stories within the story and the cast have a whole load of animal costumes to change into - the snakes are wonderful and the interspersed UV episodes are very efficiently managed, drawing appreciative gasps from the youngsters in the audience.
The critic loved the crow and the reluctant dad and appreciated the energy of the monkey. Grandfather (and his daughter and her daughters) loved it all.
Unfortunately a one-night only attraction at Aston, but do try to catch it at the Belgrade, Coventry tonight and tomorrow. And remember, parents, always read your children bedtime stories - it's part of your contract as a mother or father. And you'll get sucked into the telly if you don't.