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Framed Paperback – March 26, 2015
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- Publisher : Pan MacMillan; UK ed. edition (March 26, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1447265572
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447265573
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.91 x 7.76 inches
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- #13,243 in Children's Siblings Books (Books)
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Last year we went on a plane trip to the United States for Christmas. We bought two books for the plane: Millions and Framed. When we landed in the States, we lost Framed, but when it was found I read it all in one go because I couldn't put it down.
I felt like a whole new world had all of a sudden been opened up. The content is great for children, and the story is just fantastic! I never tire of reading it. The writing is brilliant and I get a perfect idea of what the town of Manod is like. I love arts and crafts, so this was the ideal book for me. I love the idea of a bunch of pictures hidden like buried treasure under a mountain and I learned so much about the pictures in it (though I would have loved it if the painting 'Whistlejacket' was featured in it too!)
For example, The Grotesque Old Woman by Massys and Manchester Madonna by Michelangelo. They're all in the National Gallery in real life, so you could take a trip to see them, or just look them up on the internet.
Even now, I re-read it and can't put it down. The main character is quiet and doesn't know anything about art -- the most he knows is the names of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he uses Donatello and Michelangelo as names for his two chickens. The man hiding all the paintings meets the main boy, Dylan, when he stops at the petrol station that Dylan's dad owns. He mistakenly thinks Dylan likes art because of the chickens' names, shows him a lot of pictures of paintings, and then Dylan, his sister, and a character named Daft Tom, join together to steal Sunflowers by van Gogh in order to rescue his dad's ailing garage.
Plot and character come together to make a fascinating read for both adults and children, and if I wrote down a list of the top ten best books of all time, this would be at the top!
The narrator is Dylan, the only schoolboy left in the dying Welsh town of Manod. Dylan's family run a petrol station, and are scraping to make ends meet. The town is turned upside down after a bunch of mysterious men are seen travelling up the mountain which looms over the town and Dylan and his family investigate.
This is written as a kind of diary by Dylan. There are many wonderful things about this book. It is both serious and has a wonderful lightness of touch. The juxtaposition of the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and high art works tremendously well. What I loved best is that Dylan's voice is so authentic. Cottrell Boyce inhabits perfectly the thought processes of a small boy, whilst at the same time letting us see the poignancy of the 'real' adult world underneath. Dylan's acceptance of both worlds and his impartiality in recounting them give them a realism, humour and tenderness which lifts this writing right out of the ordinary.
This book was quite similar in feel to Millions. It seemed obvious to me that he is not himself Welsh, by the idiolect that he gave the protaganist (Dylan). He seemed to speak like an English boy! But that was a tiny issue in an otherwise wonderful tale.
I think Millions was probably the better story. But not by much.