Monday, October 27, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Masterpiece

Happy Monday! I'm sorry I've been absent for a couple of weeks, but I have a great book to share today. When I first heard the premise of Masterpiece, I knew it would be a fantastic read, and it didn't disappoint!

MASTERPIECE
by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt and Company 2008

From Goodreads:
Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays’ apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family in New York City. He is very much an eleven-year-old boy.After James gets a pen-and-ink set for his birthday, Marvin surprises him by creating an elaborate miniature drawing. James gets all the credit for the picture and before these unlikely friends know it they are caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer. But James can’t go through with the plan without Marvin’s help. And that’s where things get really complicated (and interesting!). This fast-paced mystery will have young readers on the edge of their seats as they root for boy and beetle.

I loved this book! It has everything: great voice and characterization, amazing description and setting, a variety of relationships between the characters and beetles communicating with humans. As a fan of the Littles and the Borrowers growing up, I loved reading about Marvin and his family and how he was able to communicate with James in their own personal way. The art heist and following story (I don't want to ruin the ending) was exciting and fun and the mystery even had me guessing for a bit. This is a great book for both boys and girls and is a true middle grade novel.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a great week. I'm not sure how regularly I will be posting for the rest of 2014, as everything starts to get busy, but I do appreciate all of you!