Thrilling—a spirited, poignant coming-of-age vignette and an intriguing window into a little-known chapter in vaudeville history.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Phelan’s watercolors are expertly rendered and soft in focus, but pop at just the right moments, simultaneously showing the sleepiness of the town, the glamour of show business, and the energy of summer. … Bluffton is a rich and engaging story with a lot of charm, and will be a great choice for early chapter-book readers and graphic-novel fans.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Wonderfully evocative… With a beautiful economy of phrase and image, Mr. Phelan shows Henry’s happiness in the company of his glamorous friend but also the jealousy that begins to trouble him.
—The Wall Street Journal