We listened to this audiobook on a roadtrip. It’s a fun story. It definitely has a very similar flavor to The Tale of Despereaux, also by Kate DiCamillo, so if you like that one, you’ll like this one.
The storytelling was especially effective because the lady reading it was a Shakespearean actress and obviously incredibly skilled. It really took my enjoyment of it to the next level; I think I wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly so much if I had simply read it myself.
I’m counting it as children’s fiction for Amy’s Up and Coming Classics challenge. Is it a classic? This was delightful, and I don’t own it. I’m thinking I would swipe it up in a heartbeat if I saw a copy at a thrift shop, though. It’s a lovely book and a well-done one. However… unless it somehow manages to be made into a movie, I don’t think this one will be noticed by many in 2109. Not a classic.