Thursday, April 16, 2009

Masterpiece by Elsie Broach

Broach, Elsie Masterpiece pgs.304 Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Language~G, Sexual Content~G; Violence~G

Masterpiece is truly just that, a chapter book masterpiece. With the style and charm that reminds me of A Cricket in Times Square, Masterpiece tells the story of an unusual friendship between a beetle named Marvin and boy named James. James’ parents are separated and that has been hard on James. Both of his parents are involved in the art world of New York. One night Marvin stumbles upon an ink & pen art set that James received for his birthday. Marvin begins to experiment and finds he has a talent for sketching. When James’ parents see the sketch they believe that it is James’ and can’t wait to present their prodigy to the art world. However, James is in a pickle. He didn’t draw it, but he quickly discovers Marvin and his talent and together they keep up the pretense until a real masterpiece is stolen and James and Marvin are key to its recovery. This story is a delight to read and has recently been announced as a finalist for the 2009 E.B. White Read-Aloud award

ELM –ADVISABLE Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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