From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4?A transitional chapter book about a dilemma many kids face?feeling different because of their physical appearance. Daphne is tall for her age. Leonard, the rottenest kid in the third grade, teases her and starts the rumor that she's tall because she's been held back and is older than the other kids. When they are assigned to be lab partners in a science class involving dissecting a lamb's eye, Daphne learns that Leonard is quite squeamish about the procedure, and she saves the day by saving the project. The two classmates do not become best buddies, but a tolerance level is reached in a shaky truce. This is realistic fiction in the tradition of Betsy Duffy and Suzy Kline. Daphne is a likable heroine who comes up with some creative ideas on how to get even with her tormentor. The plot is meaty enough to satisfy those wanting a chapter book, but not quite ready for Joanna Hurwitz or Beverly Cleary. A subplot about Daphne missing her deceased father gives her character another dimension. A strong Grandma and mother help her along third grade's rocky road. The story is divided into simple chapters with easily read print and watercolor illustrations as a part of each double-page spread. A solid choice for those ready for more than beginning readers.?Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX
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Gr. 3^-5. No one has ever made fun of Daphne because of her height--not until the first day of third grade when Leonard D'Maggio calls her a giraffe and later accuses her of having been held back in school (his mother's explanation of why she towers over her classmates). Mortified, Daphne rushes home to check her birth certificate. Yes, she is really just eight years old, but now she feels like a freak. When she is paired with Leonard to dissect a lamb's eye in science, she braces herself for a barrage of sarcasm. But instead of someone slinging insults, she discovers a boy with a soft heart for animals. A mildly funny chapter book, made more engaging by its likable protagonist, appealing illustrations, and attractive format. Shelley Townsend-Hudson