Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

This Dutch tale by Tonke Dragt, originally published in 1961, and translated by Laura Watkinson is pure delight from start to finish!  The book is a series of adventures of identical twin brothers, Laurenzo and Jiacomo.  A cross between a well-loved fairy tale and the merry adventures of Robin Hood, this pair manage to use their wits to escape every villain and misadventure that befalls them.

Each adventure is like a mini-book and will keep children entertained. Readers will wonder how the brothers can possibly land on their feet time and time again. And while one is hard-working and the other more footloose and fancy-free, the one thing that is true for both is their love and unwavering loyalty to one another. 

When the last tale was told, I was sad that it had come to end but it was such a wonderful ending, one could hardly be sad. Each chapter was more exciting than the last and each came to the most satisfactory and clever end. I highly recommend The Goldsmith and the Master Thief either as a family read aloud (great book to take along on a car trip!) or a read alone for any age.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Goldsmoth and the Master Thief from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.

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