• "Mankell's story always hovers on the edge of magical realism but he suggests that there is no magic as powerful as the imagination of a melancholy child."

    Stephanie Merritt, Observer
  • "Translated beautifully by Laurie Thompson . . . there is no need to have read the previous book to be entranced by this one."

    Jo Klaces, TES
  • "Beautifully written"

    The Bookseller
  • "A concise and questioning narrative that will amply reward reflective readers aged 10 and above."

    School Librarian
  • "Through Joel, Mankell invites us to think about what it is that makes us who we are, in this beautiful book."