This is the type of quirkiness that I thrive on. Kaline is the spawn of an OCD father and ADHD mother which results in a child that has a loose grip on reality, an autistic focus on bugle playing, puppies and following strictly enforced schedules; although he himself has no grip on the passage of time or the quantitative elements around him. I tried this as a cold read-aloud for a couple of third grade classes. I do not recommend anyone else stepping into this folly. Kaline is such an odd and nuanced character, that to pull off a read aloud, the reader really must be familiar with what parts of Kaline’s life are apt to be genuine and what is pure fantasy.