The academic setting, imaginative Stella, and brown-noser Horace combine for an ideal opportunity for DiCamillo to exercise her characteristic wordplay…An adorable story that teaches readers that things—and people—are not always what they seem.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
DiCamillo regularly uses advanced vocabulary and seamlessly weaves word definitions into the plot. With metaphor as a primary concept, this text could easily be used in a classroom curriculum. Van Dusen’s illustrations are delightful as always, and enhance the story with their humorous and exaggerated quality. An engaging and high quality book for young students that will appeal to reluctant and advanced readers alike.
—School Library Journal
This fifth entry in the series (Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, rev. 9/14, and sequels) stars young Stella Endicott…As ever, Van Dusen’s frequent illustrations add so much, capturing with apt exaggeration all the drama, humor, and emotions of Stella’s adventure- and metaphor-filled day.
—The Horn Book