"As many of us finally learn, Maggie discovers she can overcome her own fears by helping a friend face his. Dean Griffiths sees these characters as dressed animals - cats, in fact, which allows him to give nasty Kimberley a particularly fierce presence - one that probably mirrors the way any child might visualize a dreaded enemy."
-- City Parent
"This lovely book will resonate with many schoolchildren...Wishinsky's well-crafted text uses rhythms of the folktale - a classic genre for underdog stories - to increase dramatic tension, particularly in its repetition of threes. Like many folktale heroes, Maggie wins in her third encounter with Kimberly. Maggie's fantasies of revenge also come in threes - she longs for her foe to be removed by a giant wave, a giant bird, then a giant troll. Dean Griffiths' wonderful illustrations perfectly capture the strong emotions of the story. The big surprise here is that all of the characters are cats! Primly clad in dresses, jackets, and shoes, Maggie and her classmates are completely anthropomorphized. This makes for some sly humour (Maggie's toys are mice and dogs)...This is a book that will surely be popular with children struggling with their own Kimberlys at school."
-- Quill and Quire
"Most school aged children and adults will be able to identify with this storyline. Readers will sympathize with Maggie's dilemma because there always seems to be a "Kimberly" in each classroom...This book will serve as a good example to struggling students not to give up but to keep trying. Public speaking is a very common fear, one that many children carry forward into adulthood. Griffith's soft muted watercolour illustrations depict cats in this story as the main characters...Kimberly's rude, snide remarks are wonderfully shown in her facial expressions...School and public libraries always need another addition to their collections dealing with fear, teasing and courage. This would be a good book to use in classrooms to start a discussion about teasing with young primary students."
-- CM Magazine
"In making the surprise decision to cast Wishinsky's characters as cats (when no clues were provided by the prose), Dean Griffiths took a risk that proved enormously successful. Although the cats are dressed in children's clothing and show human emotion, they retain their essential cat-ness. And, in distancing the story from the children themselves, perhaps Griffiths has allowed for children to experience an even closer empathy with the characters, in the same way that therapists working with children can get children to talk to and about puppets in ways that they would not do directly."
-- Children's Book News