Synopses & Reviews
A few things to know about Dylan
He is the only boy in his entire town—o forget about playing soccer.
His best friends are two pet chickens.
His family owns the world's only gas station/coffee house—heir pies are to die for, but profits are in the hole.
Criminal instincts run in his family—is sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his father for questioning.
And one more small thing about nine-year-old Dylan—he crime of the century has just fallen into his lap.
With the same easy mix of wit, warmth, and wonder that made his debut novel, Millions, an award-winning international bestseller, Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a boy who reminds an entire town of the power of art.
"What can be said about a novel that successfully combines threads about Italian Renaissance art and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? As Dylan Hughes, the narrator might put it, 'completely mint.' The leading export in the small Welsh town of Manod is its people, leaving the Hughes family with a gas station but few cars. Serendipitously, Dylan's mother buys an espresso machine at a car-boot sale at the same time that a large group of out-of-towners arrives. Flooding in London has led the National Gallery to move its valuable holdings to an abandoned quarry just up the mountain from the Hughes' garage. The art chief mistakes Dylan for a precocious art aficionado after hearing the names of Dylan's pet chickens: Donatello and Michelangelo. (Turtles' fans will know the real namesakes.) Meanwhile, Dylan's younger sister, a criminal mastermind-in-the-making, notes, 'Art and criminals go together like fish and chips,' and plots to right the family's fortunes by nicking Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and replacing it with a paint-by-numbers look-alike. Boyce plants a terrific message about the power of art to inspire and transform, as well as a belly laugh on nearly every page. The quirky Hugheses may be the most winning family of wacky Brits to cross the Atlantic since Hilary McKay's Cassons. Even the minor characters here, such as bossy schoolteacher Ms. Stannard and the dour town butcher, are deftly drawn. This sophomore effort from the author of the witty and wonderful Millions is equally charming and hilarious. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Endearingly ingenuous." Horn Book Magazine
"Readers will be charmed." ALA Booklist
"Boyce's signature daffiness plays hilarity and pathos off each other with not one wrong note." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This novel's wry, quirky sweetness [will connect] with readers on a number of points." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"This sophomore effort from the author of the witty and wonderful Millions is equally charming and hilarious." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Truly a masterpeice." School Library Journal (starred review)
< p=""> A few things to know about Dylan <> < p=""> He is the only boy in his entire town& #8212so forget about playing soccer. <> < p=""> His best friends are two pet chickens. <> < p=""> His family owns the world's only gas station/coffee house& #8212their pies are to die for, but profits are in the hole. <> < p=""> Criminal instincts run in his family& #8212his sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his father for questioning. <> < p=""> And one more small thing about nine-year-old Dylan& #8212the crime of the century has just fallen into his lap. <> < p=""> With the same easy mix of wit, warmth, and wonder that made his debut novel, < i=""> Millions<> , an award-winning international bestseller, Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a boy who reminds an entire town of the power of art. <>
About the Author
Frank Cottrell Boyce is a screenwriter whose films include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People, and Millions, which was also his first book. Framed was inspired by a news story he’d read in an old scrapbook: During the Second World War, a collection of valuable paintings from the National Gallery was hidden in a slate mine for safekeeping. He couldn’t resist imagining how all of that great art might have affected the people who lived near the mine. Mr. Cottrell Boyce lives with his wife and seven children in Liverpool, England.