"Rave's illustrations in this wee Swiss fable evoke Erik Blegvad's in precision, palette and understated whimsy—they, like Hächler's text and Anna's wish, have just the right magic touch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Hemon's prose suffers occasionally from the overstudious diction of the non-native speaker, but he is clearly a writer of some promise."
Uneven but not uninteresting stories from first-timer Hemon, a Conradian figure, an exile from Sarajevo who has lived in Chicago for eight years, remaking himself into an American writer.
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