Gooney Bird Greene draws the reader into her world as readily as she draws her classmates into her stories. Gooney Bird dresses in amazing outfits and tells amazing "absolutely true" stories. The author plays with words in a charming way that younger readers will accept that older readers will appreciate. Middy Thomas adds charming illustrations that will make you want to turn the page to see what Gooney Bird is wearing NOW. This book feels good in the hands and has an appealing look to it. If you have younger children to read to, this book will hold their attention and allows nice breaks for short attention spans.