☆ Chasing Vermeer Þ Download by ✓ Blue Balliett
☆ Chasing Vermeer Þ Download by ✓ Blue Balliett Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett was given to me by a friend because it was similar to From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler As I d read that and liked it, I was eager to read this I ve recently becomeinterested in Vermeer, so that added to my motivation.
There are some things I liked about the book There are two protagonists who are both perceived as nerds, but they are initially interesting and rather likeable Their names, by the way, were carefully chosen by Balliett as references to art and architecture There s an art theft and a crusty but eventually sympathetic old lady The author also tells us quite a lot about the life and work of a famous maker of old pictures, and if, as a result, young readers become interested in a kind of art that they might not otherwise have considered worth their noti I finished reading this to my 9 year old last night, then poked around here on Goodreads, assessing what reader response had been when the book was originally published.
I was surprised by how many reviewers didn t like this book, or couldn t finish it Believe me, I understand the issues readers had with plot points Yes, the plot does unravel somewhat at the end Yes, the bad guy here was a stretch of the imagination, and too many sloppy bits were thrown in at the end I m never a fan of not getting your story straight before you commit it to print However when it comes to criticizing this book as a DaVinci Code for kids Hmmmm Whether you liked The DaVinci Code or hated it, you must admit it was a success It was incredibly readable I practically ate my copy , and it made people think about things for a long time after they closed the cover So, in regard This book may very well be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life Why Let me break it down for you There s a painting It gets stolen Lucky for the art museum of Chicago, three fifth graders have a plan to get it back So if you d ever read the last three chapters of flat stanely, you have read this entire book First of all, I generally hate mystery books anyway, which is most likely a prime factor of my hatred for this book Secondly, I hate mysteries that involve children, just adding on to my hatred This entire book includes about five separate mini mysteries within one large mystery, so it s like six mysteries which like sextuples my hatred for this book Lastly, there was a whole secret language that you need to decode in order to understand parts o I loved parts of this book and disliked other parts, so there you are the epilogue ending is particularly bad in that I don t know how to work all this into the plot, so here, this is what happened kind of way The there s no such thing as coincidence stuff would have been way overdone in any other book, but I understand that that was one of the author s main points here still, I wasn t convinced And the art history reads as coming straight from the author s Brown BA at least twenty years ago very old fashioned, to the book s detriment This just isn t the way people think about art history now, and the book would have been enriched by going into the paintings at a deeper level I kept waiting for the big it doesn t matter whether Vermeer painted it payoff, and the idea that Vermeer would want to be redeemed by peo
It tells the story of two outcast sixth graders, Petra and Calder, who come together and ultimately solve a mystery about a missing Vermeer painting I loved the characters the leads seemed like real, nerdy, slightly unpopular students, and the supporting characters were ok, if a bit clich d from earlier books Also, the writing had some beautifully lyrical passages that I really enjoyed The An unexpected find that I really enjoyed Both the story and illustrations were great Will be continuing the series.
Through a string of seemingly unrelated events, Calder and Petra find themselves in the center of an art heist that has the world buzzing and the Police and museum officials puzzled Can Calder and Petra find the priceless Vermeer before it s too late And what exactly do their teacher Ms Hussey and Mrs Sharpe, the old lady down the street, have to do with it The University of Chicago campus and Calder and Petra s neighborhood of Hyde Park are the backdrop for this fast moving tale of art and intrigue Balliett seamlessly weaves together many disparate elements to craft a tale that is rich in art history and adventure Helquist s the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events stylized, detailed and somehow spooky illustrations help bring the characters and the setting to life, and contain a secret code Readers can get clues and solve the puzzle on the publisher s website Though on the l