From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–Mallory McDonald, age 8¾ plus one month, returns. She is angry because her brother gets a dog, taking all the attention away from her and her cat, Cheeseburger, and she tries everything to regain her spot in the limelight. The relationships with old friend Mary Ann and new friend Joey are somewhat tested, but the focus is on Mallory and Max. When she is responsible for the puppy running away, she comes to realize that Champ is okay and that it's her own selfishness that is causing the problem. Schmitz's expressive cartoon illustrations and the large typeface make the book appealing to beginning chapter-book readers. For fans of Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series (Random) and Megan McDonald's "Judy Moody" books (Candlewick), this selection is right on target.–Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL
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"Mallory's diatribe should draw, if not excite, fledgling chapter-book readers." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Schmitz's expressive cartoon illustrations and the large typeface make the book appealing to beginning chapter-book readers." -- School Library Journal