Matisse on the Loose by Georgia Bragg

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A kid. A famous painting. A cool moment. A prison sentence?

Have you ever done something you shouldn’t have? But you’re a good person and you don’t think that it’s going to cause any real harm? But then something bad happens and it turns out that you were wrong? Welcome to Matisse’s world.

Matisse has finally got the chance to come face to face with the work of his namesake, the great French painter Henri Matisse. The museum where his mom works as head of security is hosting a Matisse exhibit. Matisse thought it would be cool to hang his own artwork—a copy of a famous Matisse painting, Portrait of Pierre—on the museum wall just for a minute.

But then a tour group thinks that it’s a real Matisse. So now Matisse’s painting hangs in a museum—while the priceless original hangs on Matisse’s eccentric family’s den wall. A sixth grader should not get caught up in a museum heist. But . . . what if he does?

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About Georgia Bragg

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Georgia Bragg's father, mother, and brother are all artists, and Georgia is too. She was a printmaker, a painter, and a storyboard artist before becoming a writer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.
Published July 1, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 162 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleven-year-old narrator Matisse’s mother is head of security for the local art museum, where an exhibit of Henri Matisse’s paintings is scheduled at the same time as a security-system overhaul.

Jul 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Matisse on the Loose

"Portrait of Pierre" has close calls with a feather duster, humidity, water balloons and a militant security guard Matisse calls Guardzilla, as Matisse tries to protect the painting and extricate himself from his dire situation.

Dec 24 2016 | Read Full Review of Matisse on the Loose

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When an exhibit of Henri Matisse paintings comes to the museum, Matisse copies a painting of Matisse’s son, Pierre.

Nov 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Matisse on the Loose

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