What did you like about the book? It’s hard to believe that such an audacious con man ever lived, and that he actually tried to sell the Eiffel Tower! Greg Pizzoli brings Tricky Vic to life for kids, starting with his childhood in the Czech Republic. He was a smart student who became fluent in several languages and studied at the University of Paris, but he got sidetracked by gambling. The book has side bars on interesting topics such as prohibition and counterfeiting. It includes a glossary and source list. Mixed media illustrations. Tricky Vic’s face is a fingerprint in every depiction.
Anything you didn’t like about it?
To whom would you recommend this book? The kids who exclusively read biographies would love this.
Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries.
Where would you shelve it ? Biographies
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA.
Date of review: April 24, 2015