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Other characters cause plot complications. The antagonist, Audrey/Stoneface, is the leader of a ...
Other characters cause plot complications. The antagonist, Audrey/Stoneface, is the leader of a youthful neighborhood gang; and Moose is Audrey's slothful sidekick. Other characters include a harridan neighbor, Mrs. Harsnort; a proud judge, Dogleash's father; Mam, Dogleash's proud and regal grandmother (a gourmet cook); a gifted teacher, a veterinarian, a policeman, and others.
The baker encourages the children to garden and he uses that garden not only as a metaphor for life lessons, but also and perhaps more importantly, to teach the children higher level thinking skills like analysis and synthesis.