Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli


Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

A picture book biography that's like Ocean's Eleven for third graders - only it's a true story! In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a k a Count Victor Lustig, moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A con artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to sell the Eiffel Tower to one of the city's most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again. Vic was never caught. For that particular scam, anyway...


Selected for The New York Times ten Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015 Selected for Amazon's Best Books of the Year list Selected for the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books List Nominated for the Children's Choice Book Awards Best Illustrator Splendid. . . . Loaded with facts but with good storytelling and high-level illustration. . . . I m thrilled that Pizzoli has chosen to present [Tricky Vic's] story so compellingly to our nation s children. The New York Times Intriguing. The Wall Street Journal What a con job!I mean that in the best possible way.Vic was tricky but so is Greg Pizzoli. His storytelling and mixed-media artwork is rendered with expert sleight of hand. Lane Smith, author/illustrator of It's a Bookand the Caldecott Honor bookGrandpa Green It's hard enough to make a well-told story out of real-life things it s almost unfair that he could also make it this pretty. Jon Klassen, author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal winner This Is Not My Hat * An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. Kirkus Reviews, starred review* What a fabulous story. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review Elementary-school kids impressed by brazen acts of skulduggery will be snowed by this well-told true story. Booklist

Greg Pizzoli gets high marks for derring-do. . . . The bold, graphic mixed-media art made with photographs, rubber stamps, pencil, ink, and digital tools steals the show. The Boston Globe A fascinating story, with quirky, retro-style, mixed-media art that will appeal to readers. School Library Journal Stylish illustrations. . . Pizzoli s recounting entertains. Publishers Weekly With a sophisticated, genially sinister design incorporating cartoons and photographs into a low-toned red and mustard palette, the book signals the right kind of reader: one for whom venality is no obstacle to a good time. The Horn Book The clever illustrations add to the enjoyment

About the Author

Greg Pizzoliis an author, illustrator and screen printer from Philadelphia. His first picture book, The Watermelon Seed, was published by Disney*Hyperion Books and was the2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Greg's work has been featured in The New York Times, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. After college, Greg spent two years as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCORPSfrom 2005-2006. In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches.Greg lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two unruly cats.

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48 pages


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Viking Juvenile an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Publication date

25th March 2015



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