“There is magic, there is good and evil, and there is love all woven into a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a good scare.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
"A well-wound tale of good versus evil." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Filled with clever, magical, and instantly likable characters, Funaro's excellent, fast-paced and twisty mystery—packed with suspense, facts, magic, and an incredible, deeply thought-out world—will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter." —Booklist, Starred Review
"The magically sentient house, creeping woods, and resident monster establish the story’s shivery Gothic feel, which will more than satisfy readers in search of a pleasantly scary read."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Funaro (Alistair Grim’s Odditorium) writes action-packed chapters that create suspense en route to a cliffhanger ending, which suggests that a scary sequel may be on the way."
Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum
"Dive head-, feet-, or face-first into this delicious danger." ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"[A] delightfully wild adventure." ―Booklist
"A fun, fantastical adventure with enough invention for juvenile readers to thoroughly enjoy." ―School Library Journal
Alistair Grim's Odditorium
"Funaro's knack for memorable characters and scenarios shines in this frenetic, entertaining romp." ―Publisher's Weekly
"Verne-ian fantasy and reversal of fortune à la Dickens will lure readers into this good-vs.-evil series debut." ―Kirkus Reviews
"A clever mash-up of mystery and merriment, ideal for kids who loved Percy Jackson and Harry Potter." ―Booklist
"With a dash of Dickens and more than a bit of Rowling, this first book in a proposed series should have no trouble finding an audience." ―VOYA
"The book has all the elements of a good fantasy novel... Highly recommended."
―School Library Connection