Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Like listening to a blues record while wrapped up in a homemade quilt sipping sweet tea." Booklist (starred review)
"A historical journey, an exploration of blues music, and an exciting new technique for a Caldecott-winning artist come together in this unique artistic exploration." The Horn Book Magazine
"While many of the musical references will be over the heads of the picture-book audience, this simple introduction to blues history tells a universal story of loss to which many kids will relate; and some may even admire the pup's independent spirit." Publishers Weekly
"Duncan's writing is the stuff of bluesy poetry, full of heart in portraying Bo Willie's love for Yellow Dog and journey through a significant region. Raschka's illustrations, created from embroidery thread and fabric paint, give the book a handmade feel." School Library Journal
"Raschka's artwork is unique, with a mix of cross-stitching and patches of fabric that makes readers feel cozy and comforted, reminded of a time long past."