From School Library Journal
Grade 3–4—This book is bewildering. It's written to a very narrow audience, one that apparently needs to already know about Hawaiian pidgin. Newly independent readers will be confused as to why some characters speak as such: "Whose birfday you was talking about back at the store? You going to buy um cake and pointy hats, or what?" Also problematic is the use of some odd terms: one character calls another a "strange bazooks." Furthermore, there are times when Calvin's words don't ring true for a boy his age. According to him, Stella's eyes "twinkled like sequins"; and he instructs his pals to "run silent, run fast." What fourth grader speaks like this? There are issues of randomness within the plot, too; for example, Calvin's attempt at mischievous revenge on 16-year-old Stella, who lives with his family, backfires and forces him to make amends, but it is so bogged down in inexplicable plot distractions and exasperating language quirks that any accompanying entertainment value is utterly lost.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
is the author of Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet
, as well as several novels for older readers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.Jacqueline Rogers
has illustrated more than 90 books for young readers. She lives in Chatham, New York.From the Hardcover edition.