christopher.horne, February 12, 2009 (view all comments by christopher.horne)
I was excited when I heard that this book was possibly the next Harry Potter. It was a quick and easy read. The characters were colorful and well developed. The plot was easy to follow. However, it did not leave me yearning for the next installment as did each of the Harry Potter books. As a fourth grade teacher, I am looking forward to reading it to my class and hearing what they think.
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by Alice Stroup, Newsweek,
"What is shocking in the case of The Thief Lord...is that the book lives up to the audacious claim. It's got the magic, the adventure, the awkward boy heroes and the plucky chick sidekick....But Thief Lord is also just a darn good yarn..."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Wacky characters bring energy to this translation of an entertaining German novel....[The novel] abounds with colorful characters. The Venetian setting is ripe for mystery and the city's alleys and canals ratchet up the suspense in the chase scenes."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Harrowing and comical escapades abound....Funke delights readers in the feelings of childhood....Although the core of this tale is heartwarming, the merry-go-round...hints at darkness, leaving its riders and the novel's readers changed forever."
by GraceAnne DeCandido, Booklist,
"There are shards of wonderful stories in this ambitious narrative....Funke beguiles young readers as she paints the city of Venice in exquisite strokes; the affection between the brothers is sweetly rendered."
by School Library Journal,
"Funke brings together a large but not indigestible array of adults and children....It's a compelling tale, rich in ingenious twists, with a setting and cast that will linger in readers' memories."
"The Thief Lord will steal your imagination as it delivers clever twists and turns throughout."
"The action rolls along in short chapters, each illustrated with a small pen-and-ink illustration of a locale in Venice. The vocabulary is somewhat demanding, with Italian words thrown in for atmosphere, but some YAs will certainly enjoy this challenge."
"[D]elightful....The characters are richly and realistically drawn....This satisfying, twisting tale is for upper elementary readers who enjoy a dab of magic surrounded by a charming story."
Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets. Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious 13-year-old boy who calls himself "the Thief Lord."
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