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*Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel* by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Scott Nash- young readers book review
 
Also by Kaye Umansky:

Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon
Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel
by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Scott Nash
Ages 9-12 256 pages Candlewick March 2007 Hardcover    

Solomon Snow sets off on another haphazard and hilarious adventure as he tries to spring a poacher, stay ahead of a sneaky dwarf, and keep Rosabella supplied with sweeties. Add to all this a musical donkey, a really evil guy and a priceless jewel. Who says things are dull in his hometown of Boring?

Kaye Umansky gives readers a choice seat in the donkey cart for another of Solomonís rollicking rides into the unknown. A short time has elapsed since the first story, causing our hero to learn that he is once again penniless. Seeking solace from his big-nosed, big-brained friend, Prudence, he forgets his own troubles as he tries to help her father escape a verdict of deportation. Meanwhile, Rosabella, the Infant Prodigy, smells a rat in the new clown, giving her a reason to run away from the circus and whine somewhere else.

Fast-paced and fun, this story is even better than the first book. The relationships between the main characters are more developed, making them feel like old and much-loved friends. Written with a jaunty dash of Victorian literature, these pages spoof some of the darker issues highlighted in the Dickens sagas while adding a zany touch of contemporary thinking. As with Solomonís previous quest, he manages to attract a hodgepodge of criminals, cute children and classic calamities. The main plot gives life to many subplots, which are all tied together nicely at the end.

With a likeable hero whose faithful friends bring excitement into his life, Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel is a treasure worth reading.

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