'It does what we hoped JK Rowling would do: it makes everything you wish for come true, including the unlikeliest of outcomes.'
McKay has a genius for domestic comedy.
'A crazily fantastic story with loads of mad and hilarious moments.'
'stylishly written, acutely observed, light-headed and often very funny. At times, it's also incredibly touching and insightful, particularly when dealing with the complexities of family life ... quality writing for children.'
'Witty, warm and humourous ... family reading par excellence.'
Hilary McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.
'Warm, witty and wise, with unfeasibly broad appeal and proven anti-depressive properties, I would give this book to 9-year olds, teenagers and their parents.'
'It's wonderful to have more stories about the engaging and uncommon Casson family!'
'Just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.'
'... hugely entertaining story effortlessly recreates a tightly knit world, imbued with a strong sense of belonging - a slice of childhood so multi-layered, touching and real that there's something for every child reader to identify with and savour. Here's a book that truly proves the joys to be had from reading.'
'... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.'
'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.'
'... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.'
'... touching and hilarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.'