• "Boyne’s previous children’s novels have dealt with serious, life-changing themes and his deftness of touch is equally evident in this uplifting celebration of otherness"

    Daily Mail
  • "Charming, uplifting and perfect for any growing child who might be feeling a little different"

  • "It's unashamedly and often delightfully whimsical. It's lovely to look at . . . It has much of the pell-mell what-the-hell-happens-nextness of Dahl and Ibbotson"

    Mal Peet, Guardian
  • "A whimsical, warm-hearted adventure"

    The Bookseller
  • "Very entertaining reading . . . This is a book very much on the side of the child, operating rather in the same way that, for example, the children’s novels of Roald Dahl operate. But Boyne’s humour is much gentler and subtler than Dahl’s . . . Oliver Jeffers’s black-and-white illustrations capture both the wit and pathos of Boyne’s text"

    Irish Times

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