25 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

Noonie is a different kind of girl. Different in a lot of ways that will make her appeal to many children that read this book.

She is an artist, she is a friend, but she is also something of an outsider. She doesn’t really fit in: not at school, not even at home. Her art is her refuge and she really wants her father to come home PRONTO!

The writing is great! The colorful pictures really bring the story to life.

The story is funny and many times my own children would ask me what I was laughing at. At other times the author really brings home the fact that Noonie really is looking for her place in the world. Her journey through her “Purple Period” is a great adventure that many young girls will love.

Fantastic illustrations with a fresh, contemporary look enrich this debut novel about a 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don’t recognize her genius. A humorous and heartfelt reminder that “a brilliant artist is never afraid,” this book reveals that sometimes our greatest masterpieces are the bonds we unexpectedly forge with the people in our lives.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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