“[Bender’s] vibrant, deep-hued illustrations, rendered in his customary medium of vinyl paints on acetate, evoke the fitful energy of a restless night in the piney woods. The artist gleefully interprets Johnston’s humor in the menagerie of unusual pets, especially the hang-dog looking hounds.”
“Lush, vivid, textured paintings and creative language (the titular words are actual colloquialisms, though from different parts of the country) give this slight story a boost.”
—The Horn Book Guide
“Pennsylvania artist/illustrator Robert Bender uses vinyl paints in striking colors to depict the struggle. His vivid pictures will work especially well in a large-group setting.”
—Catholic Library World
|“Zelda screeched “Zounds, Zeke! Fetch the hound!” Pile the counterpanes in mounds! Fwtch the lizard from the sink! I can’t sleep a wink!”
To oblige, Zeke piled more quilts on. And he hauled the alligator in to keep the critter out.
|They scrooged down to the foot of the bed and soon were snoring again. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
But that voice droned like a buzz saw through hardwood, LET ME IN! LET ME IN! I WANT TO TASTE YOUR SWEET BLOOD! YUM!”