I can see why it was a Newbery Honor book for 1922. Sadly, I suspect that the strange 'tobacco' in the Chinaman's head and Freddie's use of it would no longer be considered politically correct (or safe for young readers). I can't recall another book quite like it and if I'd read it as a child I'm certain that the images it conjures up would have stayed with me forever. As it is, it pushed an awful lot of buttons. Loved it.