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Nilsen, Anna.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 0753453088

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Do you like famous paintings?  Well here's a book of a really cool mystery. This Book caries facts and clues to help the reader become a detective.  The problem is that some gangs come and steal the original paintings and replace them with fakes.  And their are four different gangs the Fish gang,  The bird gang, the star gang, and the tree gang!  And it's your job to  figure it out.  And I'll give you one clue-each criminal stole two paintings and their are 30 paintings that are fake!  To find out if the painting is a fake or an original you half to look very carefully at the painting for a sign and remember the gangs signs are fish'bird'star' and tree.  Use them to find out if the painting is a fake or not.  So if you like mysteries you know that this is a good book for you. Check it out at your local library. (Elizabeth Denyer, Student,

Booktalk #2

Hi my name is Garrett.  The book I read is called Art Fraud Detective and it was written by Anna Nilsen.  Art Fraud Detective is a great mystery book.  It's about how you have to help the art museum find out which four paintings are frauds. The cool thing is that there are real paintings in this book!  One of the paintings is by Vincent Van Gogh. In the book, the owner gets a mysterious phone call from one of the gang member saying that they are innocent.  This book is a great book, so if you are looking for a mystery to solve,  This is the book for you!  Check it out at your local library.  (Garrett H.,

SUBJECTS:     Painting.
                        Art appreciation.
                        Picture puzzles.
                        Toy and movable books.


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