It is awesome. In second grade, my mom got this for me. I read it in a day, and it was a great book. Kate DiCamillo has a gift with books, really! Then I read The Magicians Elephant, another great book. In the beggining, Opal defends a stray dog, to protect him rather than let him starve to death. But
there is a word, not a bad word, disrespectful phrase, "bald-headed
babies". But Kate DiCamillo is trying to make it funny, without being super mean, and that is perfect. I reccomend this book for 7 and up because a 6 year old would never understand it. Enjoyable and funny, a great mix!