Sensible people who in other contexts say that there are no absolute rules in writing often in my experience make one exception: you must not preach, they say, especially to children. To which I say, bushwah. If adults can enjoy listening to a good sermon--some of them, some of the time, anyway--why not children?
Tonight I watched my standard counterexample, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The structure is a series of morality plays (condemning gluttony, gum-chewing, etc.) followed by cheerful songs from the Oompa-Loompas reinforcing the moral lesson. And it's fun!
I agree that preaching is boring when done badly, but what isn't?
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