!!> PDF / Epub ☉ Masterpiece ✩ Author Elise Broach – Varanus.us

MasterpieceMarvin Lives With His Family Under The Kitchen Sink In The Pompadays Apartment He Is Very Much A Beetle James Lives With His Mother, Stepfather, And Baby Brother 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 Re Caught Up In An Art Heist At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art That Could Lead Them To A Famous Long Lost Drawing By Albrecht Durer But James Can T Go Through With The Plan Without Marvin S Help And That Is Where Things Get Really Complicated And Interesting This Fast Paced Mystery About Stolen Art, Forgery, And Friendship Will Have Readers At The Edge Of Their Seats As They Root For Boy And Beetle

    10 thoughts on “!!> PDF / Epub ☉ Masterpiece ✩ Author Elise Broach – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    I read this book out loud in the car while my friend, and fellow author, Kathy Whitehead and I drove across the Texas plains from Abilene to College Station The rhythm of the prose, the pacing, the language all come together to create the perfect read aloud I also want to add that there are some small bits of humor throughout that I think might be...


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  3. says:

    An engaging story that is part art heist and part The Borrowers with a dash of Metamorphosis Both boy and beetle here are so sweet and endearing I read this when I was pregnant with my son and it is one I would definitely like to share with him when he is older A few parts of the art heist seemed a bit too neat and tidy and sometimes the jump from beetle world to human world was a bit discord...


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    The central story of Marvin and Jame s friendship and the art heist are tender thrilling in turns There is a problem with the pacing when too much time is spent on tangential details too many lists of things that the beetles do or eat or the beetle s lifestyle, for example, that turtle in the tank chapter does not move the plot along, does not come into play later in the story Some trimming and tightening of the plot would have made this one of the better mysteries for children but the tension and momentum is often interrupted by the need to preach I think young readers would have the faculty to deduce some of the messages by the behaviors and thoughts of the participants in the story without being told overtly by the narrator.I am not sure how I feel about the gray areas regarding the art theft and the whole lying about Marvin s pictures part especially the resolution of this aspect is that James had to suffer a pretty...


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    E.B White, George Selden Sophisticated little animals Manhattanites of yesteryear, with their glib savoir faire and urban obtuseness Witty, well chosen language It s counterintuitive that it still sells Stuart Little and The Cricket in Times Square still do, thankfully People just won t give up on literate, if retrograde, children s literature, because reading it, particularly reading it aloud, remains such a delight Masterpiece could have been published 50 years ago with hardly a raised eyebrow at anachronism It s the story of a family of beetles they wouldn t be cockroaches, would they, even if that is far likely who live under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays love that apartment James Pompaday, an insecure eleven year old, forms a secret friendship with the artistic member of the beetle family, Marvin Because of Marvin s skill, James s superficial mother and stepfather, as well as his earnest, estranged father there s something that might not have flown in 1960 come to believe that James can use pen and ink as adroitly as, say, Albrecht Durer It s a clever premise that allows Elise Broach to introduce young readers to the world of medieval art curatorship, and thrillingly, to the histo...


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    While in Wichita Falls, I finished reading Masterpiece, by Elise Broach A really fun read Boy meets beetle Beetle turns out to be a gifted artist Boy and beetle help foil a major art heist It s like a combination of Chasing Vermeer and Cricket in Times Square Check it out.


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    Cute story from the perspective of a beetle Imagines his life in the kitchen cabinet of a New York apartment, and his friend with the boy who lives there Turns out, Marvin our beetle friend is a fabulous artist, skillful enough to imitate the greats Thus begins an art theft adventure, with Marvin venturing further from hi...


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    What I liked about the story was the sweet relationship between the boy and the beetle There were a few parts of the story we got into but a lot of it we read just to get it done.


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    This is a delightful book The first few chapters were lacking in originality similar to The Borrowers and Stuart Little , but the author moved beyond that into something creative I read Terry Pratchett s books about tiny beings, and they were so blatantly derivative of The Borrowers that I couldn t even enjoy them not the case here I also decided that there are some situations that just come naturally when you re talking about tiny creatures in a world of humans Just as human parents warn kids to look both ways so they don t get run over, tiny parents are going to warn tiny kids about not getting eaten by household pets Almost always when I read fiction about art, especially for kids, there are inaccuracies that really annoy me like referring to Leonardo da Vinci as da Vinci , stuff like that but I found nothing like that here Durer isn t an artist I really know that much about, but there was nothing obviously wrong that I saw I did wish that Marvin had been practicing art all along, rather than suddenly producing a masterpiece that would have been believable ...


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    This book was wonderful in so many ways we all just loved it It was fun to read aloud and we couldn t wait to see how it ended The story takes a very strange turn so it was tough to read it and not stop over and over to say things like What is going on NOW and that made it even fun We needed a pause button on my voice, if that were at all possible.Saying this book is about a boy with a beetle for a friend is really not enough It has the beauty of Charlotte s Web in it because the insect sacrifices so much to try and make things better for his human friend One of my daughters felt it reminded her of The Cricket in Times Square and I agree What better way to describe a book than to compare it to two of the sweetest stories ever written for kids with Garth William s fantastic illustrations in both This book is a winner for a family to read out loud or inspire a kid if they read it alone I always like books that give a bit of extra to a kid and Masterpiece does that by introducing the world of a famous art gallery, extra background on art theft and how they are solved, Renaissance art ,plus that always absorbing behind the scenes look at what life is like for an insect All those groovy details like using a cotton ball for a bed, and a bottle cap to hold a salad Elise Broach takes this element of the book to extreme detail and even has her little beetle hero Marvin regularly make life easier for his human family and begins the book with a daredevil dive into the bathroom sink ...

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