Tricky Vic: The impossibly true story of the man who sold the Eiffel Tower – Greg Pizzoli

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  • Age Range: 7 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670016527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670016525

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
This picture book takes a look at Robert Miller, a successful con man who managed to dupe many and by posing as a government official was even able to “sell” the Eiffel Tower to scrap metal dealers, before being caught and imprisoned. Miller used more than 45 aliases during his life but was known to many as Tricky Vic. This is a fascinating story, with quirky, retro-style, mixed-media art that will appeal to readers. Beyond a line or two at the beginning about Vic turning to a life of crime, Pizzoli doesn’t moralize about his subject’s actions. Tricky Vic is a little-known subject, and some may wonder if there’s an audience for this title. However, this is an intriguing account, and through sidebars, the book offers some effective avenues for discussing related historical events, people, and places, such as Al Capone, Prohibition, counterfeiting, and Alcatraz. An attractive, though esoteric, offering.—Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX

Rationale for Inclusion:
This book is so much fun to read, and amazingly true! Young readers will be interested to learn about “Tricky Vic” and topics like historical landmarks, events, and people.

Bonus: Read an interview with author Greg Pizzoli here.



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