From the Publisher
"Geisert hits a new stride in this inventive, engaging mystery...Clever and ingenious with a great title: wonderful entertainment." Kirkus Reviews
“The delicately tinted engravings themselves are quite wonderful…Geisert’s fans will especially enjoy the visual references to his previous books.” Booklist, ALA
"The setting here proves the perfect canvas for Geisert to unleash his gentle humor as well as his fondness for both art and pigs via his etchings." Publishers Weekly
"Mystery offers much to delight in, including plenty of humorous incidental detail." Ruminator Review
Who's been stealing pieces of the paintings in the museum? That's just what a clever piglet and her grandfather attempt to find out in this newest adventure featuring Geisert's (Nursery Crimes) beloved pigs. Each week on "copying day," the book's young protagonist, along with Grandpa and other art-minded pigs, can be found at the local museum sketching the works on the walls. But when the aspiring artist piglet discovers that many paintings have been cut and then unskillfully patched, a mystery unfolds. Happily, the quick-thinking heroine's sketchpad and eye for detail help her solve the crime. Young readers may not have such an easy time of it, however, as Geisert's denouement takes a slightly complex twist or two. The setting here proves the perfect canvas for Geisert to unleash his gentle humor as well as his fondness for both art and pigs via his etchings. Several paintings on the museum walls suggest well-known American masterpieces, but feature pig subjects (e.g. a tribute to Grant Wood's American Gothic and a Calder-like mobile). And, of course, other Midwestern touches aboundangel pigs cavort on a painted dome ceiling; ears of corn frame a skylight. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
It is not everyday that one gets to play detective and be the hero, but thanks to her advanced deductive abilities, the little pig in this book gets to do both. We meet her for the first time as her day begins very normally. She is making sandwiches, which she and her grandfather will take with them when they go to the museum for "copying day." The little pig begins to do her drawings and then she notices something "funny." Pieces of the paintings are missing. Thus begins the mystery, and what an extraordinary business it turns into. The little pig, her grandfather and the museum guards begin to gather clues and the reader cannot help but try to do the same. All the clues point to one likely culprit, and yet, is it possible the he would leave so many clues behind him to give himself away? With his detailed, signature illustrations and a captivating tale, Arthur Geisert has created a wonderful mystery story for younger readers. The end result is both ingenious and delightful. One cannot help but applaud the 'art thieves' for their sheer audacity and resourcefulness. Who would have though that...but you will just have to read the book to find out "who done it." 2003, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Clever concept and illustrations outshine the unsettling plot in this brief whodunit. A sharp-eyed piglet goes to the art museum with her grandpa for "copying day," when artists are invited to "draw and paint the collection." While she waits for Grandpa, who is copying haystacks, she notices that pieces of some paintings (all pictures of food) have been removed and "replaced with not so very good patches." Searching with the guards for clues, the little pig sketches each one, then tapes the sketches to a wall and uses them to solve the case. The culprits' hiding place is discovered, along with the stolen art. The piglet is rewarded, and then, in a humorous finale, shares lunch with her grandpa, unaware that the tiny art thieves are stealing her cookies. The large, well-crafted colored etchings on what appears to be vellum are clearly the focus of the book. The text is minimal, written in short, matter-of-fact sentences, but the solution of the case, involving an architectural detail in the building and other subtle clues, aims the book at older children. Little attention is given to the crime of art mutilation or putting it to a halt. A marginal purchase.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Geisert hits a new stride in this inventive, engaging mystery as a young piglet girl goes with her grandpa to the art museum for copying day--when the museum is closed and artists can come and paint or draw the collection. The piglet notices pieces of the paintings are missing and replaced with inferior patches. A ladder, apple core, and long coarse hair are clues that lead to a raccoon as the suspect, but the real culprit is somebody else. Geisert’s usual finely detailed etchings flourish, involving readers who will love playing detective along with the piglet. Myriad details in the illustrations and pig images in paintings, sculpture, and mobiles throughout the museum command repeated viewing. Clever and ingenious with a great title: wonderful entertainment. (Picture book. 5-9)