Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Review: Masterpiece by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy

"The ink flowed smoothly off his legs across the page. Though he'd never done anything like this before, it seemed completely natural, even unstoppable. He kept glancing up, tracing the details of the scene with his eyes then transferring them onto the paper. It was as if his legs had been waiting all their lives for this ink, this page, this lamp-lit window view. There was no way to describe the feeling." page 29-30

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Paperback $11.60
Kindle $7.99

I bought this book at a Scholastic Book Fair at my granddaughter's school.

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Published by Scholastic September 2008
Fiction for ages 8-12
292 pages

Marvin is a responsible boy, obedient and respectful to his parents. Actually, he is thought of as a marvel to his family, they dote on his accomplishments. Marvin though is a beetle, and he lives with his family under the kitchen sink in an apartment in New York City. The humans in the apartment are the Pompaday's. James Pompaday is a boy that feels rather pushed to the side by his family. James receives a pen-and-ink set for his birthday from his artist father. Marvin wants to be a true friend to James (even though Marvin is a beetle). Marvin draws a picture for James with this new birthday gift. A new adventure begins for both James and Marvin, taking them to the Museum of Art and the mystery art thief.
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I loved this book!
I have noticed that in many children or young adult stories one of the "characters" is often a mouse, or some other little animal that could be considered cutesy. But in the Masterpiece the character Marvin is a beetle. I loved that! I considered that quite creative.
The story has elements of friendship, kindness, bravery, commitment, loyalty, compassion, and respect for all God's creatures.
The story also deals with divorce, step-parents, and children's feelings after a divorce.
The story has a mystery, in the art thief case.
The story is creative and has an artistic element.
The story shows family love and closeness in Marvin's family. Once again this is expressed not through humans but through the beetle family.

There are several pen and ink drawings throughout the book. Great attention to detail is given in the facial expressions of the characters. Even in the bug-eyed beetles they were given little expressions.

Blissful Reading!

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