Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadaysí apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family in New York City. He is very much an eleven-year-old boy.After James gets a pen-and-ink set for his birthday, Marvin surprises him by creating an elaborate miniature drawing. James gets all the credit for the picture and before these unlikely friends know it they are caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht DŁrer. But James canít go through with the plan without Marvinís help. And thatís where things get really complicated (and interesting!). This fast-paced mystery will have young readers on the edge of their seats as they root for boy and beetle.
By Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy, Paperback, Simplified Chinese Characters, 286 pages, 5.75"x8.25"