Library Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 0307206750 $32.00 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 0307206769 $38.00 Four CDs
DD ISBN 0307206742 $17.50
A Vermeer painting is stolen. Petra and Calder, two bright, quirky sixth-graders, come together to solve the crime that has the whole world baffled. Going beyond a simple mystery, this story explores the meaning of art and the nature of coincidence. Ellen Reilly shines as narrator, providing perfect voices for the protagonists and the host of supporting characters. Her pleasant pitch and well-tempered pace make it easy to follow the twists of a complex plot. Once the mystery is solved, however, the ending seems tacked on, falling flat. The book's illustrations contain an additional puzzle, so pairing the audio with the print edition should double the fun. E.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
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