A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book, 2016.
A Junior Library Guild selection.
An Amazon.com Summer Reading Editors' Pick
"What starts as a loopy tale about an interspecies water ballet competition gradually reveals itself to be a call for solidarity and resistance in the face of injustice... Ursula, with her ability to turn personal betrayal into collective triumph, may remind adult readers of the heroines of ShondaLand." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"...a creative spin on inclusivity—an issue never before approached through agile polar-bear paw positions or the graceful lifting of camels in the air. Starin’s anthropomorphized cats, chickens, crocs, and more (along with amusing asides in the background) steal the show...discussion possibilities abound, and there’s no question it’s funny." - Kirkus
"The straightfaced silliness of the premise guarantees laughs, but there’s also real tenderness in the portrayal of Ursula’s sadness at her fair-weather friend’s rejection...may give kids new insights into the concept of prejudice as well, and the book comfortably and capably mixes absurdity with pathos...Ursula’s story is a real winner." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books