Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Book Review: The Magic Paintbrush

After a tragic house fire, an orphan is sent to China to live with his cantankerous and dirt-poor Grandfather. When Steve finds a magic paintbrush, he is able to grant their wishes, until their greedy landlord finds out about the paintbrush and threatens eviction if they don't give it to him.

This is a touching and compelling MG novel. It's underlying theme explores dealing with the death of a loved one and how memories can be like still having them around. I was drawn in by the character: got teary eyed when he spoke of missing his mom and dad, and my heart lifted with joy when he found the magic paintbrush and discovered that his Grandfather wasn't quite so bad after all. It's a quick and easy read and a great example of voice, character and believable dialogue.