ACHUKA Book of the Day 29 Apr 2021
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 11 Apr 2021
“Creech has a magic touch. She writes simply and directly (in this novel, largely in blank verse), yet her unshowy language is transporting and charged with emotion… It’s delightful, and infused with understanding of young and old might behave and feel.” Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
“Not only does Creech seamlessly intersperse prose and poetry, but the design manipulates typeface, font, setting, and spacing to paint word-pictures, in some instances creating concrete poetry while in others emphasizing a few words on the page—an accentuation that makes the story come alive and deftly communicates the range of emotions, from humor to sorrow, that the story conveys.” KIRKUS
“Reena’s narrative uses a comfortable combination of prose, poems, and prose poems, while changing fonts, type sizes, and type placement help express emotion, drama, action, and mood. The story zips along yet somehow conveys the slow growth of trust and friendship between young and old, human and bovine. It’s Reena who first suggests they move to Maine, because she’s read three books that made her feel “I was there already / in my mind”; Creech’s novel memorably does the same.” Horn Book
“A summer setting, vividly developed characters and liberal use of white space make this book a breezy companion…” Washington Post
[f.p. in US in 2016]
Following a family move to Maine, twelve-year-old Reena has no idea what to expect. She hopes it’s going to be beaches, blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. She certainly doesn’t expect to suddenly be put in charge of a menagerie of animals, belonging to the irascible Mrs Falala, who not only has a fast-wheeling pig, a secretive snake, but the most ornery cow she ever thought to meet.
A wonderfully funny, moving story of one family’s move to the country, and the challenges they face.