Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Arthur Geisert
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Houghton Mifflin, 2003   ISBN: 978-0618272938

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 beings 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.'