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Author: Ruthie Knapp

Illustrator: Jill McElmurry

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Publisher: Bloomsbury,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In August 1911, a man who stole the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. He took it from the Louvre, in Paris, France, and then returned it seven months later. This is a nonfiction picture book for young readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend’s daughter thought the book was interesting but she said she probably would not recommend the book to her friends.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the fact there was enough text in this book to explain the situation and the illustrations were excellent.

Pros: This is an excellent book to introduce art and art history to kids.

Cons: It might be too simple for older readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I would get a copy from the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NINE FAMOUS ARTISTS YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE; An Art Discovery Primer and Handbook for Parents and Their Children   LOUIE!   JUAN QUEZADA

Educational Themes: I would use this book to launch a discussion of famous art and this particular painting.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, art, history, true crime

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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