My lovely teenage friend Elizabeth reviewed The Whiz Mob for me. Elizabeth loves to read and although this one was different for her, she had lots of positive things to say about it.
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy
Art by Carson Ellis
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Date: 30 October 2018
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid is by Colin Meloy and art by Carson Ellis.
This story takes places in 1961 in Marseille, Paris.
Charlie Fisher is bored, because his father keeps taking Charlie on holidays over and over again. It is not until the Whiz Mob comes along, that Charlie slowly starts to learn how to pickpocket from his friends.
I liked how certain characters changed at the end of the book. I learnt that friends look after each other even if it damages their friendship.
This book is different to the last book I read because it was written in a different style than I would normally read.
Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Side Note From Me
It is not often I see a lot of historical fiction|adventure books for youth in the form this book has taken. I have noted that some readers have called it a cross between Rollings and Dickens, where others have compared it to a cross between The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Oliver Twist (Dickens again). I think it sits in its own unique pocket, and I like that Elizabeth read something she normally wouldn’t have read. It expands our minds to step out of our comfort zone.
I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this book, so pop a note in the comments section.