I like Daniel Pinkwater and I like this book. Yes, it’s cute. There are puns. Bad puns. It’s whimsical and silly and a little old-fashioned. But it is absurd, insane, and genuinely funny. Pinkwater has good comic timing. That’s hard to pull off on the page. Not everything he throws at you sticks, of course. But when he’s sticky, he’s really sticky.