When I saw this book on Jorge’s desk, I had to pick it up to see what he was reading. From the very first page I knew it was a book I, too, would have to read:
Warning! Do not read beyond this page.
The next page read:
Good. Now I know I can trust you. You’re curious. You’re brave. And you’re not afraid to lead a life of crime.
I love books like this! Give me all your sarcasm, give me all your wit, give me all the intrigue I can find within the first ten lines. The kids in my class loved it, too.
Never mind the mystery. Never mind the backflashes to the Bergamo Brothers, two Italian boys who joined the circus. Never mind the concept of synesthesia. They were so absorbed in the story that none of this was too complicated for them to follow.
It is a book for any age. It is marvelous as a read-aloud, or, if you want to read it faster, for your own silent reading.