I love Schmidt's voice! The way he writes is both wittily sharp and very funny, charming both adult and children readers alike. Holling Hoodhood's (what a name!) perspective on the adult world makes you nod your head in agreement and also laugh, but most importantly Holling's cuttingly accurate portrayal of the world around him allows for important issues, like the Vietnam War, have an all the more meaningful impact to its readers. It is not surprising that this book won so many awards!