30 Years On, I think that “Postliberal” sums it up best
Monday, July 07, 2014
Friends of ours loved this years ago and tried to interest us. I had loved puns, but this did not grab me. I reread it a few months ago and suspect why. The puns were already outdated in the 1970's and are hopelessly beyond the reach of children now. Our four bears are from Scotland - who uses the word "forebears" anymore? When you are bad you should do pennants - another seldom-used word.
It had the air even then of a book where adults got the joke, but children did not. I have always disliked such things as unfair to children.