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Hooray for Marvin the beetle! He lives under the Pompaday's kitchen sink in their New York apartment with his supportive and extended family of beetles. The beetles, unbeknownst to the Pompadays, are very involved with the humans living in the apartment, one in particular - the oldest son, James. James and Marvin form a charming friendship based on Marvin's incredible ability to draw with ink. Together they learn about the Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and, unfortunately, the underground world of art thieves. It's a fun read and in bonus fashion, you'll learn a thing or two.
I'm impressed with Marvin and his knack for caring about others, namely James. Both Max and I are giving the book 5 stars! A terrific book for the 9-12 year old.