Critics have labelled this series of books as "grim", "whimsical", "quirky" and "bittersweet". A 5 stars book rating by Readers' Favorite: "This book is appealing to all age groups. The simplicity and originality of the theme is endearing. It is the kind of story that everyone will enjoy reading. Middling City, Haee, and the beautiful illustrations make the book exciting to readers. Those who have already read the first and the second parts will definitely love this book. The black and white sketches are beautiful, thought provoking, and original, and they give a personality to the characters mentioned in the story." A 5 star books rating by IndieReader: "HAEE’S QUEST FOR THE GREATER PRAIRIE is a beautifully-illustrated book with an engaging main character and storyline. While the story can be understood by readers of all ages, given its depressing subtext, this book is more suitable for teens and adults. Nothing is what it seems to be in Middling City, including the hope for a better tomorrow. The illustrations are poignant, while spartan text accentuate the overarching theme of this memorable narrative."
Unable to find a reason to stay on, Haee leaves Whie and his banal life at Green Alley. Lost and nowhere to go, he lingers in Middling City and ventures into the back alleys in the city. Desperate for a home, he finds himself drifting in and out of places he can never fit in. Finally, he decides to return to a familiar place, Tom and Jane’s home – a place where he once found comfort and solace. But is this where he will truly be warm, happy and safe? R.S. Vern’s simple and lucid tale is not so poetic, perhaps less intense, but likely to last following the likes of Edward Gorey and Shel Silverstein. Watch book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KocLs1twAU4.