Parents' Guide to

The Calder Game

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Third in the series is the weakest of all.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

This is a great book!

I loved this! I definitely do not agree with the two stars! This book is filled with interesting facts and many interesting twists! I love that it is about a real artist and place! My son and I learned some new things about art, math, and history! I highly recommend!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
age 8+

Good for tweens and older but not younger.

I love it i Think that as long as your kids understand that they should never talk to a stranger not tell you about it and not go with them somewhere alone, it is great. It got my 12 year old interested in art.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Chasing Vermeer was a tightly woven, and the sequel, The Wright 3, was entertaining, but THE CALDER GAME makes it clear that the author went one book too far.

Codes are still here, but have nothing to do with the plot. Pentominoes have become little more than something for Calder to fiddle with. The mystery is bogus, and the kids, after much lurking around, don't even solve it. There's really nothing left except for the author's fascination with art, which she tries to pound into her readers at tedious length. Even the story sags; The author lamely tries to gin up some tacked-on suspense with foreboding chapter endings that lead nowhere and are about nothing -- "a sense of something hovering" (there isn't anything), watching eyes (which are never connected to anyone), strange sounds, and the like. Balliett writes well enough, but it's time for her to move on to a new idea.

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