Masterpiece: Review Haiku

Bug prodigy and
lonely boy find friendship, solve
art crimes. Luminous!

Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Holt, 2008, 292 pages.


Sarah Miller said...

I enjoyed this, but I don't quite get all the fuss about it. It's even on PW or Amazon's top ten list for 2008. What am I missing?

EM said...

Hmm. For me it was one of those suck-me-in books that I didn't put down until I was done. If I went back to re-read, I'd probably find flaws, but the initial reading experience was such fun.

I especially liked the made-up Durers (cannot add umlauts in Blogger): the descriptions were so plausible, and I kept straining to see them in the illustrations (figuring they were purposefully blurred due to permission problems) . . . and then it turned out the author made them up. That was a mark of a good, submersive tale for me.

("Submersive" is a probably not a word, huh.)

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