Tommaso and the Missing Line
By Matteo Pericoli
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Library Binding, 9780375941023, 40pp.)
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
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ON THE DAY the strange thing happens—the day his line goes missing—Tommaso knows what he must do: find it. It’s the line on the drawing he puts in his pocket every day, the line he drew of the hill by his nonna’s house, and he knows he must find that very one.
Is that it there in the curl of the cat’s tail? No. Is it there in the antenna of the car? No, not it. It suddenly dawns on Tommaso whom to ask: Nonna. Nonna will know.
In a spare story with a fable-like tone, Matteo Pericoli takes us through an Italian landscape in search of Tommaso’s line—and in doing so brings us along on a journey of discovery. Exquisitely detailed black-and-white art is punctuated by a bright ribbon of orange: Tommaso’s missing line (or is it?).
Matteo Pericoli is an Italian-born architect and the creator of Manhattan Unfurled; Manhattan Within; See the City: The Journey of Manhattan Unfurled; and The True Story of Stellina. He lives with his wife and daughter in Queens, New York.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2008:
"Each opening of the book is elegant, balanced and draws readers in. A gem."