Paillot's illustrations are clear and bright, and it's easy to tell the characters apart. There are lots of funny touches, such as the team uniform that consists of plaid jackets and bow ties! The large eyes on the characters are very expressive, and the pictures help give clues to the meaning of the text.
Gutman's writing is always goofy and fun, but he tackles a serious issue about getting along with teammates, working towards goals, and doing one's best. Readers who enjoy the Stink Moody beginning readers or love sports of all kind will be very pleased to pick up Teamwork Trouble.