Without disapproval or exaggeration, Wells quietly addresses the common discomfort of selective eating disorder and eases Felix through the situation with kindness. His journey to the other side is cause for celebration. As with the other titles in this tender series, Wells illustrates how a young person facing a problem can be comforted with the balm of friendship. Fans of these sweet guinea pigs will smile at another one of life’s small victories.
Wells’s recognizable, friendly watercolor and pencil illustrations gently portray Felix’s concerns about the unfamiliar without allowing them to overwhelm the story. At story’s end, despite his fears, Felix gamely eats “twelve new things!” Food-averse kids probably won’t experience such instant and dramatic results, but they will likely be comforted to see that they aren’t alone in their food fears.
—The Horn Book