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  • Hardcover
  • 254
  • Chasing Vermeer
  • Blue Balliett
  • English
  • 13 October 2019
  • 9780439372947

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review ✓ Chasing Vermeer 106 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. 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 believe it was a puzzle tale in the same vein as The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Chasing Vermeer is not a terrible book but it didn t live up to my expectationsIt tells the story of two outcast sixth graders Petra and Calder who come together and ultimately solve a mystery about a missing Vermeer painting I loved the characters the leads seemed like real nerdy slightly unpopular students and the supporting characters were ok if a bit clich d from earlier books Also the writing had some beautifully lyrical passages that I really enjoyed The fault I had was with the mystery Half of the book seemed like a solvable puzzle with clues for the reader even clues built into the illustrations The other half turned on mystical coincidences and psychic connections In short the book seemed to want to have it both ways and thus left me unsatisfied The psychic mystical parts were actually uite nice dreamy and philosophical but they didn t mesh with the everyday realness of the characters The mystery once solved was not an Aha but rather a huh a cobbled together explanation that was unsatisfying Too many red herrings not enough clues and unsolvable I think if one wasn t getting secret psychic messages I would read another book by Ms Balliett she has a real gift for characterization and a way with words but I would hope that next time she is sharp in her thematics and plotting The Black Painting up to my expectationsIt tells the story of two outcast sixth graders Petra and Calder who come together and Fire and Desire Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era ultimately solve a mystery about a missing Vermeer painting I loved the characters the leads seemed like real nerdy slightly The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox A Year in the Life of a Supreme Court Clerk in FDR's Washington unpopular students and the supporting characters were ok if a bit clich d from earlier books Also the writing had some beautifully lyrical passages that I really enjoyed The fault I had was with the mystery Half of the book seemed like a solvable puzzle with clues for the reader even clues built into the illustrations The other half turned on mystical coincidences and psychic connections In short the book seemed to want to have it both ways and thus left me The Illusionists unsatisfied The psychic mystical parts were actually Planet of the Bugs uite nice dreamy and philosophical but they didn t mesh with the everyday realness of the characters The mystery once solved was not an Aha but rather a huh a cobbled together explanation that was Fishes of the Open Ocean unsatisfying Too many red herrings not enough clues and Out of Bounds unsolvable I think if one wasn t getting secret psychic messages I would read another book by Ms Balliett she has a real gift for characterization and a way with words but I would hope that next time she is sharp in her thematics and plotting

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review ✓ Chasing Vermeer 106 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. 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 the way were carefully chosen by Balliett as references to art and architecture There s an art theft and a crusty but eventually sympathetic old lady The author also tells us uite a lot about the life and work of a famous maker of old pictures and if as a result young readers become interested in a kind of art that they might not otherwise have considered worth their notice well that s a good thing If it shows them that teachers and other adults are real people with weaknesses and foibles rather than mere authority figures to be feared and avoided that s a good thing too The book especially at first has a lot of promise But sadly for me it does not deliver on that promise Why Well there were some things that just irritated me to no end One of the morals of the story is that even though things may seem unimportant or unrelated there is no such thing as coincidence and we should be open minded enough to see unexpected relationships between things On paper this sounds fine But in the story it leads to the overuse of intuition and the merely random as a means to provide clues We are not in Hogwarts here and yet Calder constantly consults a set of pentominoes as if they are runes or tarot cards his method is to look at the letter he pulls out of his pocket think of a word that starts with that letter and then try to use that word as a guide to conduct Petra on the other hand has a psychic connection with a woman in a Vermeer painting who encourages and guides her At one point they try to derive clues from a series of random words uttered by the crusty but sympathetic old lady More hints are seen everywhere to the point where they seem to crawl almost literally out of the woodwork Again I really wanted to like this book And if this were a Harry Potter novel it might fly But in this fictional universe Blue s Clues are just silly We unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together strange things start to happen seemingly The Moon Platoon Space Runners #1 unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks their company and an invalua. 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 the way were carefully chosen by Balliett as references to art and architecture There s an art theft and a crusty but eventually sympathetic old lady The author also tells The Echo us The Asset Wounded Warrior #1 uite a lot about the life and work of a famous maker of old pictures and if as a result young readers become interested in a kind of art that they might not otherwise have considered worth their notice well that s a good thing If it shows them that teachers and other adults are real people with weaknesses and foibles rather than mere authority figures to be feared and avoided that s a good thing too The book especially at first has a lot of promise But sadly for me it does not deliver on that promise Why Well there were some things that just irritated me to no end One of the morals of the story is that even though things may seem Shadow of Doubt Newpointe 911 Series #2 unimportant or Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible unrelated there is no such thing as coincidence and we should be open minded enough to see The Ruminator unexpected relationships between things On paper this sounds fine But in the story it leads to the overuse of intuition and the merely random as a means to provide clues We are not in Hogwarts here and yet Calder constantly consults a set of pentominoes as if they are runes or tarot cards his method is to look at the letter he pulls out of his pocket think of a word that starts with that letter and then try to Infamous use that word as a guide to conduct Petra on the other hand has a psychic connection with a woman in a Vermeer painting who encourages and guides her At one point they try to derive clues from a series of random words Comfort of a Man uttered by the crusty but sympathetic old lady More hints are seen everywhere to the point where they seem to crawl almost literally out of the woodwork Again I really wanted to like this book And if this were a Harry Potter novel it might fly But in this fictional A Cowboy Christmas universe Blue s Clues are just silly

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review ✓ Chasing Vermeer 106 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. An unexpected find that I really enjoyed Both the story and illustrations were great Will be continuing the series