Funny, frank, and sophisticated, [Tunes for a Small Harmonica] has—despite such exaggeration as the inept, neurotic psychiatrist—memorable characters, brisk dialogue, and a yeasty style. It is consistent and believable as a first-person account, and it faces many broad concerns of all adolescents.
Zena Sutherland, in a review of "Tunes for a Small Harmonica," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Vol. 30, No. 6, February, 1977, p. 99.