Spitting Image Reviews

“Kurzweil’s sense of exaggerated play extends well beyond assigning characters ridiculously fitting names. He concocts an outrageous plot as Leon’s animile, a Miss Hagmeyer look-alike, comes alive (through a mysterious combination of spit and panty hose) and causes havoc in school. Kurzweil‘s over-the-top approach is dead-on, fourth-grade funny.”—S.P.B., The Horn Book

Parent’s Choice Award

A Booksense Pick!

“Kurzweil, a critically acclaimed adult author, has written a high-spirited novel that will most likely be found on bookstore display tables labeled ‘If you enjoy Harry Potter, try … ’ With an appealing hero, an otherworldly teacher and supernatural forces that are barely in control, the book is sure to be a hit with young readers.”—Bookpage

“A great read-aloud for fourth grade!”—Chicago Parent

“Thoroughly quirky and exceptionally funny, this book emphasizes the importance of tenacity, loyalty, and an even seam. Above all, it shows that despite what we see, truth is not obvious to the casual observer, especially when magic is involved.”—Reading Today

Leon Zeisel