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Masterpiece by Elise Broach


by Elise Broach

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A story of friendship between a boy and a beetle. My favorite lines in the story: "A great friendship is like a great work of art. It takes time and attention and a spark of something that is impossible to describe. It is a happy, lucky accident, finding some kindred part of yourself in a total stranger." ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I think this book has some pretty great messages for children about friendship, honesty, and being open to the world and all of its possibilites. I don't have much to say about it because I honestly didn't think it was that fantastic. I would recommend it for 8 or 9 year olds who like art and art history. ( )
  russell.alynn | Apr 16, 2013 |
story about a cockroach who can draw pictures that can emulate Albert Durer... and how this both helps and complicates the life of a sad boy... ( )
  katie | Apr 7, 2013 |
A beetle. A sweet boy. And Bellini, Durer, the Met, and art heists. Not a thing for the boy to dislike in this one. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book talks takes place in the art world, a rare setting for a childrens book. A young bug solves a mystery and thwarts a crime with a human boy partner. The bug discovers he has a talent for drawing just like Albrecht Durur.
  kellw | Mar 18, 2013 |
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"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. When we haven't time, and to see makes time-like to have a friend takes time."
-Georgia O'Keeffe
For Zoe, Harry, and Grace
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Home, for Marvin's family, was a damp corner of the cupboard beneath the kitchen sink.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805082700, Hardcover)

Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays’ apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family 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 are caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer. But James can’t go through with the plan without Marvin’s help. And that’s where things get really complicated (and interesting!). This fast-paced mystery will have young readers on the edge of their seats as they root for boy and beetle.
In Shakespeare’s Secret Elise Broach showed her keen ability to weave storytelling with history and suspense, and Masterpiece is yet another example of her talent. This time around it’s an irresistible miniature world, fascinating art history, all wrapped up in a special friendship— something for everyone to enjoy.
Masterpiece is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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