Van Dusen’s illustrations enliven the already amusing text. A great addition to chapter book shelves and a must-have for fans of the series.
—School Library Journal
The text is peppered with tough vocabulary for the more advanced independent readers in the intended age group, but the story also works well as a bedtime read-aloud for those not ready to tackle words and phrases such as "malevolent," "obtuse," or "diametrically opposed" on their own. Eugenia’s need for routine and her intolerance of change and uncertainty will resonate with readers who experience life similarly.
As in the earlier books, believable (if eccentric) personalities, sophisticated vocabulary, and polished prose make this an inviting title for emerging chapter- book readers. Fans of this series and the earlier Mercy Watson books will be amazed by Eugenia’s partial redemption and delight that the results are merely temporary.