Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Calder Game - book review

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett (Scholastic 2008)
When Calder Pillay goes to England with his father, he is able to explore all kinds of puzzles and mazes. In the courtyard of the village where they stay, there is an Alexander Calder sculpture (the exhibit Calder has seen in Chicago). But when the Sculpture and Calder both disappear, there is a mystery to be solved. Mr. Pillay brings in Calder's two friends to help with the problem. Tommy and Petra both have been part of two previous books by Balliett, ("Chasing Vermeer" and "The Wright 3") where mysteries were solved by the young sleuths. In the first one of Vermeer's paintings is involved and in the second one of Frank Lloyd Wrights' homes. Young readers ages 10- 15 will enjoy the intuition of the sleuths as well as the continued look at Calder Pillay's work with pentominoes. * An exhibit of Alexander Calder's famous works is at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City through February.