by Dehlia, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
This multi-faceted novel is the story of a baffled mother raising a genius (how do you teach the Greek alphabet to an insistent four-year-old?), as well as an enthusiastic tribute to the classic Kurosawa film Seven Samurai. It's also the odyssey of a boy searching for his mysterious father; in the process, his quest for knowledge takes him anywhere and everywhere, and one of the things I really love about this book is its whimsical unpredictability. I was drawn in from the beginning, and found it very hard to put down!