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The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun page-turner about famous painting has mystery & history.

Book Nicholas Day History 2023
The Mona Lisa Vanishes book cover: Large eyes of Mona Lisa above title; mustachioed man hiding Mona Lisa painting in his jacket below title

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This engaging, entertaining nonfiction book about the famous and mysterious painting will keep readers turning the pages. The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of Global Celebrity packs in humor along with history as it successfully navigates two time periods and a varied cast of historical characters. This is author Nicholas Day's first book for children, and he tells a compelling story to young readers in a clear and convincing way. Helquist's quirky black and white drawings add understanding of the time periods and go well with the humor in the storytelling. Readers will be inspired by Da Vinci's broad interests and curiosity. After learning about innovations in art and advances in science, readers may be inspired to learn more or even to try their own projects and experiments. This is a fun, well-told story that deserves a place on middle grade shelves everywhere.

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