Just the right note of dastardly charm. Schoolchildren will adore this story of pupil revenge.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A celebration of multiple intelligences, teamwork, and kid power.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The setup is witty and subversive, and the book then springs into a classic caper plot, with each kid in the gang offering a bizarre skill.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Roberts caricatures the formidable teacher and the amiably wide-eyed kids with a witty, agile pen and judicious splashes of color, an excellent foil for Fleishman’s terse and comical private eye send-up. With action galore, a villain foiled by clever kids, a laugh a minute, a profusion of illustrations with broad age appeal, and an easily read text, this is a winner.
—The Horn Book
You can almost hear the Pink Panther theme thrumming in the background… A fun stick-it-to-teacher romp with no redeeming message but cleverness in spades.
Deliciously outlandish, featuring an undercover caper complete with a hidden safe, grappling hooks made of paperclips, a classmate who just happens to be a hypnotist and a broken statuette with (real) emerald eyes.
Self-affirming. As a whole, the class is a bunch of ‘twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don’t knowing dunderheads.’ Taken singly and placed to their best advantage the students are, of course, geniuses. The illustrations by David Roberts are hilarious scary and fabulously imagined.
Young gumshoes and budding secret agents will love the laughs and suspense… distinct personalities and unique talents of each student all but guarantee that this memorable pack will amuse both children and adults.
You’ll be hoping to see more of this strange but appealing crew.
The tone of this story is reminiscent of a hard-boiled detective novel, a wonderful stylistic quality….Miss Breakbone is a delicious villain, one that could have easily stepped out of a Road Dahl book.
—Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog (SLJ)