The literalism is cute (trying to play a violin "by ear" and getting one's hair tangled in it) for little kids.
Be aware, though, it has a LOT of words. And you are going to get really tired of saying "Amerlia Bedelia" since the character is never referred to in the text by anything other then her full name. Or maybe that was just me.
It is a bit long for the under 3 crowd. By 6 it was too easy for our girl, but she wasn't really ready to part with it til 7.