There is trouble in Xanth again. The Gap Dragon had escaped and was ravaging across the land, the forget-spell was causing mass amnesia, three-year old Ivy was headed right for a hungry dragon. Could things get any worse? Probably....
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor
While most other Xanth novels had the ability to make the reader believe that the fantastical events were possible in Xanth due to the incredible magic of the land and characters, this one just made this reader believe the author ran out of good ideas.
While really serious readers would be best adviced to avoid this book-and all others in the Zanth series-like the plague, if you want a light, humorous, cute, and up-lifting story, then it's hard to find one that comes off as well as this. Just the mention of "Stanley Steamer" brings a little smile to my face.
If you like this Zanth story, then there are others in the series that are others nearly as good. (Although I'd never ever recommend reading the whole series, unless you're about 13 and extremely bored over the summer.) The first one, A Spell for Chameleon is probably the most serious of the series, and rather good. Castle Roogna is also good, as is Ogre, Ogre, and Night Mare. Reading more than 5 (maybe even fewer) though would expose the enormous flaw in the series-repitition.