By The Children's Book Compass

The black and white illustrations give the story a gritty realism. Neri creates a narrator, Roger, who is Yummy’s classmate. In telling Yummy’s tragic story Roger tries to sort out how such a thing could have happened. After youngsters have read this book, guide them in discussing the story to come up with their own answers to the question about Yummy being a cold-blooded killer or a victim. —The Children’s Book Compass