Decent book, but I doubt this is going to be one for us to buy to add to my daughter’s “favorite books” collection.
The language was a little over-simplified and came off sounding patronizing at times. I know it’s a kids book, but I really think kids can sense this kind of thing, and I think it’s part of the reason my daughter wasn’t as enthusiastic about this book as she has been about many of the others we’ve read. I also found the chapters too short to hold her interest.
I found the resolution of the “dog lost in the storm” issue to be a little unlikely given the way it was presented earlier in the book. But the conversation in the last couple of chapters between Opal and her father about her mother was very powerful and brought me to tears; I thought that was the most well written part of the book.