From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–Young Fergal McNally died in The Fall of Fergal
(Holt, 2004), and in this sequel, his preserved brain has been stolen and it's up to his siblings to get it back. Unfortunately, this is no easy task as it's being held by the terrifying Mr. Maggs in a dilapidated mansion located in the heart of Fishbone Forest, from which no one has ever emerged alive. Ardagh's meandering narrative, loaded with deadpan humor and macabre details, and the many events and characters will make this entry hard to follow without having read the first book. Excellent black-and-white illustrations add to the book's creepiness.–Heather Ulesoo, New York Public Library
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"Excellent black-and-white illustrations add to the book's creepiness."--School Library Journal