Book Review: The Painting That Wasn’t There

The Painting That Wasn’t There
(Field Trip Mysteries)
by Steve Brezenoff
Illustrated by: C.B. Canga

James and his friends seem to always get caught up in a mystery needed to be solved. When they travel to the River City Art Museum, they realize one of the paintings on the wall is actually a copy! They go about making a list of suspects and narrowing it down until they find their culprit!

I absolutely fell in love with the illustrations in this book. C.B. Canga does a phenomenal job with the full color pages. The mystery itself is fairly simple and well explained so that the younger readers understand how the mystery was solved. The other fantastic thing about this book, was the activities at the end which could be used to engage students into further literacy skills and projects.

This is definitely a book I’d recommend to introduce young or struggling readers to the genre of mysteries.

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12 responses to “Book Review: The Painting That Wasn’t There

  1. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    A good friend of my will soon be a teacher and I think this would be a perfect addition to her library.

    Thanks for sharing it.

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