"As a pretty friendless kid in elementary school, I identified closely with Daniel. As the mother if a child with only one friend, I saw the world through the eyes of Daniel's mom. But when Annie showed Daniel all the friends who helped him in his time of trouble, she brought tears to my eyes. The magic pencil is cool, but Daniel and Annie's friendship is cooler.
Just one question: How come Daniel's mom can't make (edible) meatloaf?
I loved this book. Now I have to find a nine year old to give it to."