Alcock writes with a wry humor that appears as well in reflections on growing vegetables and cultivating compost. Graced with lively line drawings,...Alcock's engaging, illuminating text offers delightful reading for all who appreciate the natural world.
A spirited primer in Sonoran Desert ecology, cloaked in a memoir of gardening. . . .Ever original, Alcock encourages readers to view the desert with new eyes through this fine contribution to arid-lands literature.
Makes a delightful case for insect watching and for creating a space for that purpose . . . Insect enthusiasts will love it—and those who wonder why anyone would be an insect enthusiast need to buy it.
—Audubon Naturalist News
Alcock is a fine stylist, deftly joining the keen observation and scientific insight one expects from a nature writer to the lighter (and, let's admit it, much funnier) voice of a garden writer. The result is a wonderful and informative narrative in which even the compost pile becomes a vibrant stage.
—New York Times Book Review