Novel: The Mona Lisa Mystery
Author: Pat Hutchins
Illustrator: Laurence Hutchins
Genre: Children’s literature, Young adult fiction, Mystery fiction, Contemporary fiction
Puffin Books, Penguin Random House UK,
First published in 1981
Book Review: The Mona Lisa Mystery is an elite narrative by Pat Hutchins, which involves a mystery combined with travel expedition to Paris by a group of young school children, the narrative is written in a clever style that it effects the reader with the same perplexity as the little characters of the story are, the conclusion part puts all the pieces of the mystery together and a second read of the novel makes the reader highly appreciate the author for producing this excellent masterpiece.
The story has a distinct quality – the innocent conversation of the children, their excitement on their trip to Paris, weird incidents happening on the trip which arose curiosity among the children and their reactions to these situations, the intermingle of the England and Paris aroma of the narrative, the happy feel of the narrative, its black-and-white graffiti style illustrations by Laurence Hutchins which well occupies the book, the mystery which is hard to predict by the reader, the supreme quality of language; makes this novel by Pat Hutchins a worthy read for all above 10 years.
A narrative majorly based on conversation, chapter 11 has exceptional description of the experience on the visit to the Eiffel tower, the entire novel is divided into 21 chapters; this novel is a week’s time read.
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