My reviewrating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is actually a slimmer read than expected because the last quarter is Vincent's invention notebook. The plot is pretty basic: Cinderella-type boy (eg, dead mother, stepmother hates him, wicked stepsisters, father usually away) is an amazing inventor, finally gets appreciation and recognition for his work.
But beyond the basics, Vincent's story is fun. His inventions are, well, inventive, in a Willy Wonka-ish way. The "blue" episode alone is worth reading; unfortunately(? perhaps not for parents of similarly minded children) the actual inventing process is often glossed over.
Boys will particularly like this book, and I hope it becomes a series.
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