Parents' Guide to

Chasing Vermeer

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A mystery, fantasy, and imaginative launch pad.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was the best book i ever read+ i love mysteries

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 9+

A mystery must-read

A superior book. Like fish caught in a hook, it draws you in. This is a must-read. Fantasy-lovers will even devour this book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (12 ):

An intellectual challenge wrapped up in a mystery novel -- bright children are going to love this. Blue Balliett's first book is a thinking child's mystery, filled not only with the traditional accoutrements of adult mysteries (clues, red herrings, multiple suspects, plot twists, concluding explanations), but also with secret codes (which the reader has to decode to read the whole story), mathematical patterns, hidden drawings, art history, and references to the real books of Charles Fort, who wrote in the beginning of the 20th century about unexplained phenomena. The fun comes not from solving the mystery, but from watching CHASING VERMEER's main characters figure it out.

This book will be a challenge even for accomplished young readers -- the author and illustrator encourage poring over it carefully and pausing to think and experiment. If one stretches out the reading too much it's easy to lose track of the myriad details, necessitating rereading.

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