The easy reader/beginning chapter book format, with its heavy, black typeface against plenty of clean white space and the simple sentences and vocabulary, is as inviting as the book’s endearing canine hero, and kids not quite ready for lengthier chapter books will find this title (the second in a series) a fine transitional bridge. Phillips’ frequent ink and watercolor illustrations are lively and entertaining, and … Poppy and orange tiger-striped George are overall a pretty winsome pair.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
With a simply written story and jaunty, expressive ink-and-watercolor illustrations, this engaging book works equally well as a choice for independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children. A fine addition to the Poppy the Pirate Dog series.