I love using funny voices for the grandparents and aunt and uncle. I copied a few pages and have younger students use them for sequencing. The story is good for teaching cause and effect, and I realized while I was reading it this year that it is full of prepositional phrases.
The Secret Pearl - Mary Balogh - If you like regency romance, and I do, Mary Balogh is the queen the genre. This book was particularly good. Yes, the genre is formulaic, but it's also comforting, and Balogh is the best at her craft.