I had read previous reviews saying this wasn't the softest set in the world, and I have just one recommendation for those reviewers: WASH THE SET!!!! We washed it as soon as it was delivered (as my 3 year old just couldn't wait to sleep in his construction covers!) With a bit of fabric softener, this was cozy cozy soft, and perfect weight for cool spring to summer nights. With an additional blanket, it would be fine for winter as well. As far as looks, it is just as pictured, and the back-side of the comforter is a delightful blue gingham. The sheets are a decent quality, exactly what you'd expect from 200 thread-count, but make up for any shortfall by being ridiculously cute! I'd highly recommend this set; it's quality far exceeds the kids' sets you buy in local stores, and you can't beat the price!