"The author's terrific, atmospheric black-and-white illustrations appear on nearly every page." --- Kirkus Reviews
"Poe enthusiasts will appreciate literary references, while the uninitiated will enjoy an introduction that's tinged with the frightful and fantastic—just how Poe would like it." ---Publishers Weekly
"This fictionalized narrative presents a different childhood for Poe than the one readers might otherwise imagine. After an especially vivid dream, young Eddie Poe wakes to find that he is being blamed for the destruction of a neighbor’s chicken coop. His stern father promises a whipping but gives his adopted son 24 hours to clear his name. With the help of pets Raven and Cairo the cat, as well as a supernatural imp named McCobber, who shouts things like “CRIMONETTELY!” from his perch upon Eddie’s shoulder, the lad sets about his investigation—and learns something about loyalty and friendship along the way, too.
An unexpected treat with an unlikely hero.
— Daniel Kraus. BOOKLIST