Received a starred review from the notoriously formidable Kirkus Reviews, and was called one of the Best Books of the Year by Bank Street Books in New York City.
My favorite response came from teacher Kate Sullivan, who wrote: "Best part of my 1st day: the looks on 17 first grade faces when they realized what happens when Oliver says 'Munch, munch.'"
Schmid has crafted a fun, well-paced read-aloud. ... Petunia will charm children and adults alike.
-- School Library Journal
"It's an age-old problem: Two children, one ball. Wars have arisen over less." - New York Times
Starred review: "...simple but eye-catching illustrations have a childlike charm and capture the unique personality of each little girl. - School Library Journal
... the black and white line drawings do echo Silverstein, but there's often more than meets the eye. They have a childlike whimsy and an innocence about them, his characters all blobby and bendy and spindly at the same time. And there are the odd details that beg you to dig further