Dy's Take

August 12, 2009

The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli

Filed under: Historical Fiction,YA — Dy @ 21:08

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I love Donna Jo Napoli’s reimagining of stories we know (Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) and I liked this, too, though it was something new.  Rather than imagining an old story from a new perspective (like Greg Maguire, but waaaaay better and aimed at the YA crowd) in this one she created a backstory for the unknown subject in Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.

It was an interesting book, and entertaining, but not my favorite by this author.

FYI parent, it’s also a bit older than some of her other works—it touches, briefly, on sex, menstruation, and rather a lot of death and politics.


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