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Ble Vermeer painting disappears Before they know it the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal where no one neighbors parents teachers is spared from suspicion As Petra and Calder a. I loved parts of this book and disliked other parts so there you are the epilogue ending is particularly bad in that I don t know how to work all this into the plot so here this is what happened kind of way The there s no such thing as coincidence stuff would have been way overdone in any other book but I understand that that was one of the author s main points here still I wasn t convinced And the art history reads as coming straight from the author s Brown BA at least twenty years ago very old fashioned to the book s detriment This just isn t the way people think about art history now and the book would have been enriched by going into the paintings at a deeper level I kept waiting for the big it doesn t matter whether Vermeer painted it payoff and the idea that Vermeer would want to be redeemed by people agreeing that he didn t paint those lesser paintings really annoyed meOn the other hand there are moments of actual suspense the codes are enjoyable and it s definitely an intelligent book

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Chasing Vermeer

Re drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition their problem solving skills and their knowledge of Vermeer Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffl. There is much to admire in this book but unfortunately uite a bit to dislike as well The story of two kids who solve a mystery will encourage young readers to uestion authority think outside the box and look for interesting connections in the world around them All good things right Unfortunately there is a whole lot of potential problems with the kind of philosophy this book advocates A belief in parapsychology is a dangerous thing to instill in children because it easily leads them to believe that their instincts are as valid as accepted science I am uite unsettled by the idea of teaching kids to look for patterns in everything because this the thought process paranoids use While uestioning authority is on the face of it a healthy idea once you start believing that people in paintings are talking to you and that the random drawing of geometrical shapes is conveying messages to you well that is very dangerous thinking indeeduite frankly this book scares me We have too many nuts running around already who are convinced that the Jews knew about 911 beforehand and that Nostrodamus picked the next Stanley Cup winner Do we really need to convince our kids that their instincts are just as valid as accepted truth Can t we find a balanced approach One that relies on a scientific method rather than voices from 300 year old dead Dutch women

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When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks their company and an invalua. A Da Vinci Code for tweens NewsweekThis is only one of the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably the most apropos uote because it hinges almost entirely on the readers familiarity with and reaction to Dan Brown s novelIf you found Da Vinci Code boring trite melodramatic sophomoric and preposterous you will probably have a similar reaction to Blue Balliett s debut young adult novel Chasing VermeerBalliett has stated that it took her five years to write Vermeer but the central mystery is so lousy and ridiculous it comes across as the product of a very drunken weekend in an art gallery Similar to Brown s trainwreck of a novel Balliett lumps absurd coincidences on top of sleuthing skills that are based less on clues and on silly guessesShe wears all those earrings there s a key a pearl a high heeled shoeCalder was muttering now Key pearl shoe shoe pearl key pearl shoe key heel key pearl key pearl heelHey That sounds like keep her here doesn t it maybe this means she s in Gracie Hall p 155Come on Really Is that what being a detective is like Making goofy connections between unrelated items Sherlock Holmes must be rolling in his literary grave All this would probably be tolerable if the characters were than paper thin sketches of precocious children and erudite villains or if the public reactions to the stolen art weren t so far fetched or if the red herrings weren t so obvious or if the transitions between character narration weren t so jarring Unfortunately the believability is sacrificed at every turnLibrarians sometimes recommend books they haven t read After all we can t read everything but we want kids to read as much as possible Perhaps I should have listened to the 8th grade girl who stomped up to me last May Chasing Vermeer trapped in her fist This book she sneered is beyond boring Her buddy glared at me too It was terrible Mr Prince Terrible Point taken kids Point taken


10 thoughts on “Chasing Vermeer

  1. says:

    A Da Vinci Code for tweens NewsweekThis is only one of the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably the most apropos uote because it hinges almost entirely on

  2. says:

    Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett was given to me by a friend because it was similar to From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler As I'd read that and liked it I was eager to read this I've recently become interested in Vermeer so that added to my motivationThere are some things I liked about the book There are two protagonists who are both perceived as nerds but they are initially interesting and rather likeable Their names by th

  3. says:

    I finished reading this to my 9 year old last night then poked around here on Goodreads assessing what reader response had been when the book was originally publishedI was surprised by how many reviewers didn't like this book or couldn't finis

  4. says:

    This book may very well be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life Why? Let me break it down for you There's a painting It gets stolen Lucky for the art museum of Chicago three fifth graders have a plan to get it back So if you'd ever read the last three chapters of flat stanely you have read this entire book First of all I generally hate mystery books anyway which is most likely a prime factor of my hatred for this book Secondly

  5. says:

    I loved parts of this book and disliked other parts so there you are; the epilogue ending is particularly bad in that I don't know how to work all this into the plot so here this is what happened kind of way The there's no s

  6. says:

    Another YA purchase from Green Apple books and to be honest a disappointment This is a new ish book published in 2004 and while I had never read it before I had high hopes I had read reviews that said it was clever it has expert illustrations by Brett Heluist Lemony Snicket’s illustrator and the inside flap lead me to be

  7. says:

    There is much to admire in this book but unfortunately uite a bit to dislike as well The story of two kids who solve a mystery will encourage young readers to uestion authority think outside the box and look for interesting connections in the world around them All good things right? Unfortunately there is a whol

  8. says:

    An unexpected find that I really enjoyed Both the story and illustrations were great Will be continuing the series 🐸

  9. says:

    This book was a lot of fun to read It reminded me a little of a Da Vinci code for younger minds only in some ways this book was a lot trickier Throughout there is a pentomino code and another hidden code which I never tried to decipher although I saw the clues Codes aren't my thing But I was still pulling out a notebook to decrypt the letters

  10. says:

    Usually when I read finish reading a childrens book I didn't enjoy I ask myself whether or not I would have enjoyed it 13 years ago Sometimes my answer to me is yes and sometimes it is no but even with the nos I can imagine

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