While our hero, Jack,* sleeps in New York, a couple of crooked crooks are stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. Their intentions are dark--they plan to deface the famous painting with a mustache! Can brave Jack come to the rescue . . . before it's too late? With bold cartoony illustrations and action-packed text, the talented Meghan McCarthy has created a whirlwind spy tale filled with speeding cars, daring escapes, and astounding heroism. *Names may have been changed to protect secret-agent identities.
Includes an author's note with information about the actual theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911.
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MEGHAN McCARTHY has written and illustrated several other bright, bold, and funny books for children, including Show Dog, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Review:
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. News that the Mona Lisa has been stolen lifts Jack from his bed, transforms him into a secret agent with all sorts of cool gear and propels him across the Atlantic to recover the masterpiece before the nefarious no-goodniks can carry out their hideous plan to-well, follow Marcel Duchamp's lead. McCarthy crafts noirish cartoons of a popeyed, trench coat-clad Jack foiling repeated attempts on his life and braving such tortures as being forced to "watch videos of chickens dancing-OVER and OVER again!" He nabs the crooks, sneaks the relieved-looking portrait back to her rightful place in the Louvre, then, using "secret methods too treacherous to mention," ends up back in his room. A newspaper-style closing describes an actual theft of the Mona Lisa in the early 20th-century, giving this episode a tenuous connection with reality. This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews)
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