Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow by Tim Kehoe -- A Book Review

Vincent is an inventor living with his father, stepmother, and three stepsisters. He works on various toys in his secret lab. When his father gets a new job, Vincent has to leave New York and his lab behind.

At his new school, a teacher offers Vincent the chance to enter a toy contest. Vincent enters his windless kite and is chosen to be a finalist. Soon disaster strikes and Vincent has to be quick in finding a solution so he can achieve his dream.

Tim Kehoe wrote a wonderfully imaginative, entertaining, and educating tale of a young boy looking for his place of belonging. Vincent finds it in the owner of a toy company and a famous inventor. Kehoe does an excellent job in meshing these personalities into the story.

Vincent is fully developed as an inventor based on the ideas in the book and the glimpse into one of his notebooks at the end of the story.

Kehoe has written a story that leaves the reader wanting more. This book was enjoyable even from an adult's perspective. Let's hope we see more of Vincent in the future.

This promotional copy was received during BookExpo America 2009 as a free marketing tool by either the publisher or author and was given to many attendees. It was not given to me to review. I did not receive any compensation from the publisher or author for this review.

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