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Book Review: Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson - Reviewed by DLN (13 May 2012)
When I began reading A Pocketful of Eyes, I couldn’t even name one mystery novel that I’ve read in my entire life, nor did I know who Trixie Beldon was, or what taxidermy meant. But, needless to say, I did enjoy this book very much.
The first thing I loved was the quirky narration. Even though A Pocketful of Eyes is written in third person, Bee’s voice still breaks though the barrier that a lot of characters are usually left hiding behind. Bee is one peculiar girl. I can’t tell you how much I loved her without telling you how much I loved Toby, too. While Bee is working at the museum over the Christmas holidays, Toby is working to gain extra credit after failing his uni course. He was nice, a little grumpy, but still quite nice and always has something bizarre to add to the conversation.
Together Bee and Toby try to collect clues and attempt to figure out whether Gus really did kill himself. Their relationship was so adorably frustrating. Although definitely in a good way. (And they have a handful of brilliant kissing scenes!) But seriously, story-wise, the two characters worked so well together.
I feel like I need to make a special note of mentioning Angela and The Celestial Badger. They really upped the awesome. I kind of wish my mother played World of Warcraft.
The mystery aspect was done brilliantly. At one point I suspected everyone for some reason or another (yes even the pregnant women in the Conservation offices). I was forever looking for clues, which had been so perfectly placed into the story. The twist at the end got me completely. I actually had to read a few pages twice because I didn’t get it the first time. I thought I had it all figured and then bam! Wrong! My theories weren’t even close to the truth.
A Pocketful of Eyes is so wonderfully clever, and so much fun.
Book Review: Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson - Reviewed by Sapphdragon (26 Jun 2011)
Beatrice Ross is a teenager with a love of mystery novels working in the taxidermy department of the Natural History Department. When her supervisor Gus dies and his death called a suicide, Bea who is certain Gus didn't kill himself decides it is up to to find the real killer and save the day.
What follows is a simple straightforward detective story, compete with clues to pic up ala the formula of a typical mystery novel. In fact this is intended as Wilkinson plays with this theme throughout the novel poking fun at it all the while her main charater is obbserving each stage of the mystery as if she was in a mystery novel herself.
The main character Bea is likeable, smart and funny. A lover of mystery novels, she is also observing a secene and drawing conclusions and investigating every person she believes should be under suspicion for Gus' death.
The watson to her Sherlock, and love interest I didn't get as much as a handle on. He seemed sweet and fulll of extremely strange animal facts but I couldn't quite believe in him as such and found some parts of his character a little bit over the top.
On the whole though the story itself was well paced, keeping me interested at all times and also a lot of fun. There might be a few holes in the plot line but tone of the novel and the freshness of the voice mean you are willing to ignore these in favour of just enjoying a light, fresh story that shines brightly in a genre where dark and paranormal have most recently taken hold.
An enjoyable and fun read.
Book Review: Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson - Reviewed by Skye (13 Jun 2011)
A Pocketful Of Eyes is a quirky, fun, and unique murder mystery novel for reluctant mystery novel readers. I count myself in that group.
The first thing you'll notice in A Pocketful Of Eyes is the main character. She's clever, funny, and a little peculiar (which I suppose you need to be to work as a taxidermist for the summer), and her voice is strong and apparent in each word. With each piece of narration, even through third person, I felt as though I knew her a little better, and liked her a little more.
And while I'm talking about how much I liked Bee, I should also talk about Toby - one of my favourite love interests I've ever read. He was sweet, funny, and full of strange animal trivia.
I'm no stranger to Lili Wilkinson's prose, but I was blown away by it all over again. Spare and emotional, her writing style is simply amazing.
The mystery was well-crafted. Though there were many clues, the culprit was unclear to both the reader and the narrator initially. It took a realistically long amount of time to reach the solution, where there was an interesting twist I never saw coming.
I recommend A Pocketful Of Eyes to fans of John Green and Maureen Johnson and give it a 5 out of 5. I really hope to see it reach non-Australian readers in the near future.
Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She was first published when she was twelve, in Voiceworks magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili worked on insideadog.com.au, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers. She's won awards for the writing part, but not the reading, unless you count the stopwatch she won once in the MS Readathon.
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