While this is definitely a children’s book, Dolan adds some masterful one-liners for adult readers’ benefit that are sure to cause chuckles (one Ghost-Hunter says, "I ain’t afraid of no goat!"). Dolan’s mixed-media illustrations balance the creepy with the silly and are filled with hysterical details, visual puns, and speech bubbles, so readers are sure to find new things on repeat readings. This is one haunted farm readers won’t want to skip.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
As in her previous books, Dolan marries text and illustration to very funny effect, with an abundance of visual jokes, speech-balloon commentary, and details that advance both the story and the hilarity (“I ain’t afraid of no goat,” quips one of the investigators as the pigs head into the “incredibly creepy chicken coop” that might hold the key to the mystery). The large cast, clues tucked into the background, and feisty banter should easily hold up to multiple readings.
The final surprise is a delight, as is the slight bathroom humor that accompanies this perfect-for-Halloween tale.
Don’t think too hard about the ridiculous plot—the fun here lies in the supernatural barnyard bedlam, displayed in oversized spreads crammed full of speech balloons and subplots. Readers familiar with Dolan’s Weasels (BCCB 2/13) will recognize the chaotic comedy and cunning animal characters, and they’ll know to search the spreads for rewarding detail…For those who prefer Halloween silliness to Halloween spookiness, this will be right up their alley.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The art is packed with speech balloons, slapstick humor, and visual cues advancing the goofy story. Elementary-age readers will howl at the silly twists, turns, and transformations.