Tommaso keeps his favorite drawing in his pocket. It’s a sketch he’s made of his grandmother’s house atop a gentle hill, bordered by trees, distant mountains, and stick-figure versions of himself and Grandma. It’s a familiar and comforting image until, “One day a strange thing happened: one of the lines in Tommaso’s drawing was gone—disappeared.” The curved line that represented the hill has indeed vanished, and Tommaso goes on a hunt for the line that takes him through a crisply illustrated black-and-white Italian cityscape. Tommaso finds plenty of lines—illustrated in vibrant orange—but none of these dog-leashes, car antennas, cat tails, or barber hair clippings are right. Initially reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955), Pericoli’s intricate artwork reveals his expertise as an architect, and will reward the young reader on the lookout for all the lines Tommaso misses. The text becomes a bit repetitive when Tommaso returns to Grandma’s house, but readers may be more interested in the white lettering, which stands out so vibrantly against the orange background. Grades K-3. --Daniel Kraus
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2008:
"Each opening of the book is elegant, balanced and draws readers in. A gem."