Behind the Canvas

9 CDs. 11 hrs. Recorded Books. Feb. 2016. $97.75. ISBN 9781480693484. digital download.
Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old art lover Claudia has few friends until she discovers a blue-eyed boy lurking inside a painting in her small town's museum. Listeners follow her dangerous, magical sojourn into a painting at the Chicago Art Institute to rescue her new pal, Pim. To free Pim from an evil witch's power, Claudia must travel behind canvases to steal the witch's unbreakable wooden staff. The fantasy world weaves through famous artwork by Rembrandt, Picasso, Dalí, and O'Keeffe and includes a visit with a surprisingly chatty Mona Lisa. Erin Moon's energetic narration includes a flippant bulldog and Dutch accents. Good sound quality, a great mystery, and an intriguing cover will encourage circulation.
VERDICT A unique fantasy adventure. ["A conventional misfit-turned-hero tale elevated by an inspired concept": SLJ 12/15 review of the Feiwel & Friends book.]

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