• "A zany, original historical fantasy"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Joan Aiken is the best contemporary writer of historical-fantasy we have - and I would not make such a generalisation lightly. This is a quite exceptional book."

    Susan Hill
  • "Altogther an invigorating book, in which the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "A writer of wild humour"

    Oxford Companion to Children's Literarture