I enjoyed the book a lot and would probably read it again for fun and pay attention to the details. I thought it was clever how Ellen Raskin threw in words right in front of your face that either had different meanings or other ways to look at it. Some of those clues give you the answer immediately if you knew where to look and think more deeply about them.
It was interesting how every character had a different characteristic and in the end those characteristics led to a whole new life for the character. Some of the moody people become very happy and lively, some get fancy jobs. In the end something good happened to all the characters and it was really a happy ending. I wish Ellen Raskin had written a sequel.