"... Applegate's prose is simple and poetic enough to appeal to literary adults, children who struggle with reading and just about everyone in between. And in “Crenshaw,” her human characters are everything the huge cat is not. Jackson is witty and wise and struggles against problems too big for him. His parents’ hardships are achingly real, but their love for Jackson is equally palpable. We love this intermittently homeless family — not because we pity them, but because we admire them.“Crenshaw” is not for every child. But if the reader can handle some tough facts of life, she will be richly rewarded. Not by the huge mammal. By the humans."
~ Adam Gidwitz, The New York Times