Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 9+

A bit mellow

Would not recommend it. Too mushy. Too slow. Made me, as a mother want to fall asleep. it is a cute story, but there is NO CLIMAX, no plot no nothing. there are a lot of other stories with MUCH better storylines than this. As I said, its boring.
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age 8+
I thought this book did a decent job of presenting economic hardship and the possibility of homelessness without romanticizing poverty, as some children's books do. My problem is with the title character. Crenshaw has only the barest skeleton of a personality and he is not particularly likable. He seemed almost irrelevant to the story when he should have been central. The excerpt quoted in the blur on the back goes has this exchange: "I can't leave until I help you. I don't make the rules" "Then who does?" "You do Jackson. You make the rules." Now, this sounds like great stuff, but... that was it. Most of Jackson's interactions with Crenshaw consist of him arguing over whether Crenshaw really exists, or just telling him to get lost. We don't see any internal struggle on Jackson's part over what the rules should be or how they are made, we don't see any meaningful interaction between him and Crenshaw, and we don't even see Crenshaw actually helping or lending strength or perspective in any way. It is hard to see why he is even in the story.
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