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Pirate vs Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger; Hyperion; $16.99

This rhyming pirate showdown is both a battle of the sexes and a lesson in collaboration.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat; Putnam; $16.99

A high kicking, kiya-ing twist on the a classic that’s sure to please the most energetic readers.

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything; Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small; Atheneum Young Readers; $17.99

Errand day has never been so exciting because today only when real, live dinosaurs come with everything!

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers; Philomel; $17.99

In this hilariously improbable story a boy manages to get a giant steam ship, a blue whale, and a firetruck (among other things) stuck in a tree.

–          Erin

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Masterpiece: Artistic Beetle Foils Art Theft!

Masterpiece book coverMasterpiece, by Elise Broach (8-10)

Mystery, betrayal, secrets and masterpieces are all part of this exciting and clever story by Ms. Broach. Marvin the beetle creates a special miniature sketch of the streetscape for young James Pompaday using the ink and paper art set that James receives for his birthday. Unfortunately, everyone thinks that James created the work himself. This leads James and Martin to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where James is asked to take part in a daring ruse; create a forgery of a famous art sketch to keep it from being stolen! When the real masterpiece is stolen, Martin and James both become involved in trying to foil the art thief.

A fun, involving, masterful story.  I could not put this book down!  Reading about Martin’s efforts to communicate with James and their near escape from the art thief just had me hooked.  The sketches, themselves, add to the story. A great read for those who enjoyed  Chasing Vermeer or The Shakespeare Stealer.

Masterpiece, by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, Henry Holt & Co., 2008, $16.99