"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today. The author’s intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining."
—The Horn Book
"A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children."
"Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats."
"A great book to start up a family reading tradition. Irresistible."
"Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales."
—The Observer (England)
"A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told."
—Trade News (England)
"Hughes has never written more compellingly…with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence."
—The Times (England)
—The Tablet (England)
—The Listener (England)