"This was an odd book. The author spent a lot of time using a lot of description at the beginning of the book, hinted at the problem(s)with the child's life and worked hard at trying to make the reader believe the "good" girl would actually want to play with the "strange" girl and neither mother would have a clue as to what was going on. The end was not surprising, but what was surprising was that the friendship the girls had cultivated so carefully seemed to lose any importance; the important part of the story seemed to be the elf village (which was only an escape from reality for the neglected child). The friendship, the trauma and the sadness of the little girls were not covered in any detail. I don't think children of this age would have behaved the way they did. Frankly, the whole story was quite unbelievable and left me with an uneasy and disturbed outlook."
"Let's play Recorder! series. Arranged by Leo Sevush for Recorder Solo or Duet: incl. All My Loving; All You Need is Love; Day Tripper; The Fool on the Hill; Help!; Hey Jude; Michelle; I Want to Hold Your Hand; Norwegian Wood; Yesterday; With a Little Help from my Friends"
"Mrs. Braun has given the mystery lovers a wonderful series, and I am most grateful, but it's time to stop! This is the absolute worst of the last 5 or 6 in the series. Her work has gotten progressively less interesting, less mysterious, less erudite and less believable. Time to step away from the typewriter..."
"From the back: Now even very young children can celebrate Christmas with their own Ntivity set! They simply punch out all of the pieces included with the book and put them together; without scissors, tape or glue!"
"Although I finished the book, it is not terribly well written. I'm still not sure if she meant the main point to be about her pugs (Clara is one of them) or about the ordeal she and her husband went through to adopt a foreign child. The details of the latter is funny and painful at the same time. The parts about the former interesting and occasionally caused a chuckle. It did bother me a bit that the auther didn't seem to actually loved her pugs--it was almost as if the pugs defined her and her life--more of a status symbol and/or an albatross to carry in her pet bag. Her husband seemed to be more fond of them than she. I did change my attitude toward pugs though. I had thought them unattractive and without much of a personality. I certainly don't think that way now!"
"Quite good, not as good as "...Wrought Iron Flamingos" but still good. I never figured out where the "leaping loon" came in, but I like the series -- the main character is very likeable -- all the crazies are, well, crazy, but all in all a good light read (I actually learn some things from reading this series, too!)"
"This is a most unusual book. I enjoyed it immensely. To be honest, I really couldn't put it down; a real page turner -- at some point, I thought, "why am I still reading this?" but I kept on reading anyway. The end was actually satisfying. In that the author has worked w/ autistic children before was quite evident. I felt the frustration of the autistic boy, his parents and anyone who came into contact with him--quite a good book after all."