"Here's a real charmer for the chapter book set. The words are well within the grasp of new readers; the leading is generous enough to be attractive; and the chapters aren't too long. But more than that, Petersen's story is filled with great comedy, and it's right on the mark when it comes to sibling relationships. The arrival of a magic show in town provides the background for three loosely connected episodes: in the first, Hal discovers that his older brother, Chuck, isn't quite as smart as he thought; in the second, Hal realizes that he loves his brother, even if Chuck is sometimes a real pain; and in the third, Hal gives Chuck his comeuppance. Petersen has invested his characters with lots of personality, and the magic background is wonderful - we even learn some magic secrets. The book is simply irresistible." - Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist.