Hoban’s skill at crafting stories for children is on full display in this tale, which is wonderfully endowed with a childlike acceptance of the fantastic, and Blake’s jovial illustrations complement it perfectly. Together they tell a story where impossible things can happen, and you can still be home in time for dinner.
—Booklist (starred review)
In an echo of Tom’s mastery of Capt. Najork, John twice thrashes Ace Dragon, and soon the two of them are soaring. Even with its stratospheric adventures everyone gets home in time for dinner in this lovely, unpredictable story for readers ages 4-9.
—The Wall Street Journal