Short chapters, simple yet meticulous language, a wholesome feel and the universal story of a boy with a dream combine to give this one widespread appeal.
Those who were happily immersed in the small-town comedy and drama in Ylvisaker’s Buttons debut will settle right back into the leisurely rhythm of Goodhue, Iowa.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Ylvisaker has returned to the “down on their luck” Button family she introduced in The Luck of the Buttons (Candlewick, 2011) with the introduction of Ned. She uses the “good old days” charm and innocence as well as common sense and Granddaddy’s wisdom to confront the universal issue of bullying. At the same time, the author conveys the importance of a supportive family and loyal friends
—School Library Journal
This book provides a great opportunity to introduce sports fans to historical fiction.
—Library Media Connection