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Masterpiece by Elise Broach
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Jun 28, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009-new-reads

I loved this book. A beetle living in a New York City apartment takes up pen and ink, or rather claw and ink, drawing, and is so talented at it that his work ends up at the Metropolitan Museum being passed off as an authentic Dürer sketch. It owes a lot to books like The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Cricket in Times Square, but it still manages to feel original. I'm always a sucker for details like how the beetle family shares the apartment with a people family, making picnics out of food crumbs dropped by the baby and creating furniture out of tiny lost items. It has very winsome illustrations that give the beetles a lot of personality without making them look too much like cartoons.

Grade: A
Recommended: I think this is a fun book that would be good for reading out loud.
Newbery potential: I think this is one of the best books for kids I have read this year, but I have not seen it on a lot of Newbery speculation lists.

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Amity☺Currently-Awesome☺ You have the name of my best friend!!!

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