1.13.2011

Artistic City: Tommaso and the Missing Line

Tommaso and the Missing LineMom says:
Tommaso always keeps a drawing in his pocket. But one day a line from the drawing goes missing.

I must admit that this whimsical beginning was all that was needed to capture my attention. Well, that and the tangerine orange page. I adore orange.

In Matteo Pericoli's Tommaso and the Missing Line, Tommaso searches for his missing line throughout his Italian city (I'm not very familiar with Italy, it may be that it is a specific city that I don't recognize.). He meets a dog, a mechanic, a cat, a barber and a cafe proprietor. They have all seen lines, but none has seen his line. Finally he decides he must take a trip to the country where his grandma shows him how to find the line. I can't tell you where it is, I don't want to spoil the charming surprise. And don't blame me if you end up feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Pericoli's black and white ink drawings are simply addictive and the accents of orange carry you along with Tommaso's quest.

Loved it.

Big Kid says: Can I draw now?

5 comments:

Alex said...

This sound like a good book, I love city stories and set in Italy is even more intriguing. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this.
Thanks for the great review.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I will have to look for this one, and I already had to peek inside the Amazon book to see if the city looks familiar. My guess is that it's made up.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Ooohhhh, A line art book that I haven't heard of yet! I'm not sure if I would have picked this one up just by seeing the cover. But, we do love line books (i.e. The Pencil, Purple Crayon, Lines that Wiggle) so I'll have to see if this one is available anywhere around here.

LitLass said...

This sounds great! I've just put in a request for it--I can't wait to read it with my boys.

Pen and Ink said...

This sounds too lovely. Thanks for sharing. I need to get to the library and get a pile of these books for #1 son.

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