ART AUCTION MYSTERY

Using as the frame a sketchy plot involving an anonymous tip that some of the entries in an upcoming auction are fakes, Nilsen presents a double gallery of 34 new and old masterworks, 16 of which are paired to subtly altered copies. Furthermore, providing a supplementary gallery of mug shots, she promises that the alterations contain clues to who the forgers are, who paid them and even how much. She suggests that readers compare the “catalog” images with the originals carefully, and note each variation on a chart—but even those not motivated (read: obsessive) enough to take her up on that will find themselves poring over the lusciously reproduced art, which includes entries from Fra Angelico to Andy Warhol, with highlights between, along with extended label-style annotations for each entry. For art appreciators, a prize; for puzzle fans, a challenging set of interlocking clues, as well as a clever way to sharpen both observational and reasoning skills. Answer key at back. (Picture book. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2005

ISBN: 0-7534-5842-X

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Kingfisher

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2005

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JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD!

McDonald’s irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher’s heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It’s all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink’s pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink’s Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds’s frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post—but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy’s growing corps of fans will crow “Rare!” right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-7636-1446-7

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2002

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WATCH OUT FOR SHARKS!

For shark fanciers, a look at a Los Angeles Natural History Museum exhibit, Sharks: Fact and Fantasy. Now touring the country, it includes models of large and small sharks, many of them swimming in simulated undersea settings. The text follows a group of young museum-goers as they examine shark teeth, fossil sharks, sharks in art, and a living shark embryo; shark anatomy, special adaptations, types of sharks, and some shark facts are also included. Photos are clear, colorful and engaging. Not comprehensive, but an attractive added purchase. Pronunciation guide; additional reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 23, 1991

ISBN: 0-395-57560-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1991

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