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Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Blue Balliett
Scholastic
Release Date:Jun-01-2004

Rating
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6



Age Level
9 - 12

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  SC
ᅠChasing Vermeer is the first novel by Blue Balliett. Vermeer was a painter in the seventeenth century whose work is controversial because certain paintings attributed to him may be fakes. This story is about a girl and a boy who try to find a stolen Vermeer painting that was one of his original works. The theft helps bring out the controversy surrounding his paintings. ᅠ

The book was remotely interesting at the beginning when three letters are sent by the thief to various citizens. This, however, was the most fathomable part of the book since from that point on the two children solve the mystery in odd and impossible ways. There were few explanations given for many of the clues and logic in the book leading them to the painting. In fact, the book seems to go out of its way to drop hints out the sky, making the story confusing and hard to follow. There are even coded letters and apparent clues hidden in illustrations that did not really add anything to the story or book. Some of the passages in this book were well written and Mrs. Balliett obviously has talent as a writer but I did not enjoy the story and I did not find it a good mystery.


SECOND REVIEW


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  JP

The book, Chasing Vermeer is about two kids, Petra and Calder, who save a valuable painting. They start having dreams and coincidences that have to do with painter Johannes Vermeer's paintings. One of his paintings is stolen and the thief promises to return it if the public can figure out which Vermeers are real and which are fake. The thief, said to be an art scholar, thought that since almost nothing was known about Vermeers life, someone could have painted and put Vermeers name on it. But nothing is what it seems, and to see what I mean, read the book.

I liked this book. It reminded me of From the Mixed-up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler. It had a good plot and was a bit suspenseful. I also started to care about the characters. The only thing that I did not like was that there were too many coincidences. For example, whenever the kids needed an idea, they ate blue M&Ms, which would usually help. Also, one of the kids had a set of pentominoes, pieces of plastic that fit together into rectangles, and when he would pull one out, it would symbolize a word that fit their predicament. But other than that, it was a very good book. The ending worked out and helped explain a lot of mysteries that came up throughout the book. I recommend this book if you like mysteries. Even if you do not like mysteries, this book might change your mind.

Rating: 7



Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Blue Balliett
Scholastic Press
Release Date:

Rating
(0 - 10 scale)
6



Age Level
9 - 12

Flamingnet Content Rating
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