This is a good read. There are lots of interesting connections to art. It would be fun to read it if you were studying these artists in an art class or history class.
There we're some things that didn't make sense to me. They were too easy and very unexplained:
- chickens in the back yard in NYC? Isn't there a by-law against that?
- how do you have paparazzi-deserving movie stars living down the street from crazy math ladies whose children have to take on the adult responsibilities?
- would an x-ray tech really get bamboozled into x-raying a piece of old art?
- poor kid who has to worry so much about money and sees no solution....but alas, in the end it works out with hundreds of thousands of cash found in the walls of the house. Of course!
....and on and on and on.
Besides that (and a few more) I did enjoy the read. I would say this book is best suited for middle school though. Might be too much for an 8 year old...but then, you never know! It would be a great book to read with your favorite child because the adult and child can be well entertained by it.
The writing, itself, is lovely. There were a number of times I folded down a corner of the page so that I could add it to my list of favorites: