TN – HORN BOOK (STARRED REVIEW)
A tight and focused story about the dangers of wishing things back to normal at any cost. The language is straightforward, rarely derailed by extraneous details, but the emotional resonance is deep, and Steve's precarious interactions with the honey-voiced queen make one's skin crawl. Klassen's full-page black-and-white drawings—simple, but with maximum impact, in shades of light, dark, and darker-astutely capture the magnitude of a child's imagination.
– HORN BOOK (STARRED REVIEW)