Gr 3-5 First and foremost, nothing in teresting happens at Perfect Acres. It's a muddled, overly cute, cloyingly sweet fantasy with a patronizing tone. Ten-year-old Perfecta Deportmenta lives a miserable life in a sterile housing development owned by Mr. Snoot, an evil man who hates children and ani mals. One night she has an adventure in an old house populated by story book characters, zoo animals, and assorted other odd creatures, where she learns that Snoot is imprisoning them in an attempt to change children's literature. The following day, she discovers that it was all a bad dreamMr. Snoot's bad dreamand he has reformed into an ideal friend. That the resolution does not make sense is not unexpected, as none of the action that precedes it is well conceived or consistent. Although Wallace appears to have been inspired by the remarkable fantasies of Carroll, Baum, and Juster, this novel is remark able only in its failure to capture any of the sense of wonder revealed by those books. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''