Zena Sutherland

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 146

Illustration of PDF document

Download Isabelle Holland Study Guide

Subscribe Now

There have been other books about fat children, but few have explored causes and reactions with as much depth and perception as [Dinah and the Green Fat Kingdom]…. [The end of the novel brings] a clearing of the air that promises better future relations, but Holland never promises Dinah a rose garden; she's lost only five pounds, there's been no change in the behavior of her peers, and the new parental rapport is a hopeful sign but not an unrealistic capitulation. The writing style is smooth, with good dialogue and excellent characterization; it is, however, in insight into motivations and relationships that the author excels.

Zena Sutherland, "New Titles for Children and Young People: 'Dinah and the Green Fat Kingdom'," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1979 by the University of Chicago), Vol. 32, No. 8, April, 1979, p. 138.


Corinne Hirsch


Eugenia E. Schmitz