This is a likeable story that touches on the issues of authority and problem solving. Cuddly illustrations help establish empathy for the main character and to immerse the reader into this tale. That being said, the text lacks a definitive moral at a time where it seems like it should take a stance.
Arnold Stark Lobel was a popular American author of children's books. Among his most popular books are those of the Frog and Toad series, and Mouse Soup, which won the Garden State Children's Book Award from the New Jersey Library Association.