• "Traditional, turn-of-the-century rural life is beautifully rendered and the friendship between the young boy and the old man is touchingly betrayed . . . The real magic of this book, however, lies in its enchanting evocation of the wonder of nature"

  • "As always, Dick King-Smith has produced an appealing story for those of five or so to listen to and slightly older children to enjoy whilst practising their reading skills"

    Newbury Weekly News