The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues

The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues Seventeen year old Dickory Dock has no idea what to expect when she answers an ad for an artist s assistant Readers will enjoy an intricate one of a kind comedy School Library Journal

Seventeen year old Dickory Dock has no idea what to expect when she answers an ad for an artist s assistant Readers will enjoy an intricate, one of a kind comedy School Library Journal.

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The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues

  1. Ellen Raskin was a writer, illustrator, and designer She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up during the Great Depression She primarily wrote for children She received the 1979 Newbery Medal for her 1978 book, The Westing Game.Ms Raskin was also an accomplished graphic artist She designed dozens of dust jackets for books, including the first edition of Madeleine L Engle s classic A Wrinkle in Time.She married Dennis Flanagan, editor of Scientific American, in 1965.Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984, in New York City due to complications from connective tissue disease.

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  1. This is a sophisticated mystery that takes little readers seriously I read about a trillion Agatha Christies when I was a child, and those are written for grownups but I remember this kids book being way emotionally compelling and intellectually layered though you know, Agatha Christie had much cleverer mysteries and all that, and this isn t at all to malign her, only to say that Ellen Raskin really produced some very unique, brainy, and heartfelt books for children All her stuff was very speci [...]

  2. The most mature of Ellen Raskin s mysteries though I m not sure why I feel this way, maybe because Dickory was much older than me the first time I read it, whereas Turtle, and the Carrillon twins were peers This book is beautifully constructed, and I was pleased to be able to share it this time, by reading it out loud to my sister on Christmas.Ellen was just fantastic at making names count, always, and I can t ever say, I am Christina Rosetti, without tearing up This time as I read it through I [...]

  3. I don t quite love this as much as I do The Westing Game, but it s awfully close It s a strange hybrid of middle grade and YA fiction, middle grade for the structure and prose, YA for the content the main character is an older teen in art school, but sounds younger than she is Dickory Dock named by parents who presumably loved her lives in a tenement with her brother and his wife to earn money to support herself, she takes a job with the slick, carefree artist Garson Garson s art is facile, but [...]

  4. I don t have a whole lot of favorite books so when I say a book is one of my favorites, that means I have a small selection and for some reason this has become one The Tattooed Potato, however strange the title is, could be one of my all time favorites I don t know if it could beat Mara, Daughter of the Nile, but if it can t beat it, it s tied.This was as good as The Westing Game, another Ellen Raskin book, and if I were you I would read it as fast as I could Tattooed Potato, not Westing Game It [...]

  5. This is an odd little book, but very clever and tightly written I confess to being a bit confused at times by the interlacing mysteries, but it mostly comes together at the end I probably should re read it when I m not tired, because I fear I skimmed things that were probably important Mysteries are like that, I suppose.

  6. The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues is, I think, just as good as The Westing Game in its own way, a Pinkwateresque mystery story with a dash of Gordon Korman The central mystery here is just as clever and complex as that in The Westing Game , only Raskin is mostly far less serious about it Instead, she takes the chance to make fun of the Great Detective genre the detective, Garson, and his assistant and our heroine, Dickory Dock her brother s name is Donald , deliberately poke fun at the Holmes [...]

  7. I first read The Tattooed Potato when I was about 11 years old and discovered Ellen Raskin in the shelves of my school s library I tore through everything they had including The Westing Game and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon I Mean Noel , and after nearly 30 years they still rank among my favorite pieces of juvenile fiction My eldest son, now 11 years old, brought TTP to me the other day to tell me that he had read it and really enjoyed it, which led me to re read it It is still as wonder [...]

  8. I read this book because one of my dear friends was FURIOUS WITH ME for not having read it And I m glad I did We did have a good discussion about the ways children s literature has changed since our childhood This writing reminded me a great deal of The Phantom Tollbooth and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, so if those books are your jam, you ll most likely very much enjoy Raskin s book, if you haven t already loved it since your childhood I m not arguing that children s liter [...]

  9. I read this book as a child, loved it, and promptly forgot about it, as children do Then, about a week ago, I got a text message from my sister that was something along the lines of Do you remember a book we read as kids that was something abouta girl named Hickory Dock And there s a van gogh painting involved somehow And light begins to dawn Oh, that s right And something about a potato After much google searching of YA mystery hickory dock van gogh potato I FOUND IT And of course I had to rere [...]

  10. This book is a very strange beast It s got a sort of mad genius compared to, say, The Westing Game, which has a sort of restrained genius and it careens wildly through details, dropping clues which end up fitting together too neatly and ridiculously that prison scene at the end, for example, and the names of the police officers.That said, there s a sprightliness in the madness that keeps the book feeling very alive, and there s also a running commentary on art and art schools that zings, even if [...]

  11. Another fun, slightly melancholy puzzle mystery by Raskin The part that has always stuck with me is when Garson trains Dickory to identify in all his studio guests the one characteristic they cannot conceal, that will always signal their true identity I think I was a little too young for the complexity of this book when I read it a hundred times , and would like to revisit it again Hopefully my old copy is somewhere safe, as the book is now, sadly, out of print.

  12. Don t let the Young Adult category dissuade you from enjoying this gem The second YA book to make it to my Top Ten of all time list The ending is both heartwarming and thought provoking The reader is drawn into considering how human reaction to an artist s interpretation of a person in a portrait can lead to unintended consequences tragic and hopeful The language and dialogue is playful, witty, clever and just plain old laugh out loud funny.

  13. One of my favorite kid books to reread It s another puzzle mystery which deals with the way the world is not always happy along the way, but happy in the end on a kid level but not stupidly It will surprise you and make you smile over the top at points , but then, sometimes that s a nice change.

  14. This book just reminded me again why Ellen Raskin is so amazing It was light, easy to read, yet stayed somehow mature After reading The Westing Game earlier this year she was boosted to my number one author The Tattooed Potato and other Clues has solidified her position.

  15. I think I like this one even than The Westing Game Dickory is certainly one of my favorite literary heroines.

  16. I remembered how much I loved Ellen Raskin books years ago, and decided to read one I d never read before Silly and fun.

  17. wordnerdy 2017 09 Something I read recently reminded me of this book and made me want to reread it obviously Raskin s The Westing Game is a masterpiece, but her other novels are good too, and underrated This one involves an art student who goes to work for a painter with a houseful of secrets, and what happens when they begin to assist the police with weird crimes Which all makes it sound slightly serious than it actually is, when really it an interesting series of puzzles and compelling charac [...]

  18. I thoroughly enjoyed The Westing Game, so I sought out another title by Raskin Delightfully, this too, featured a young woman protagonist She must solve multiple riddles seek justice for an exceptionally eccentric friend employer It has quirky characters a fun plot The only things that make it feel awkward are the dated descriptions of a man with a severe intellectual disability and facial injuries he suffered as a result of a car accident it was first published in 1975 A discussion with any kid [...]

  19. While I love strange children s stories Wayside Stories and The Willoughbys , I was stumped by this one I wasn t sure how I felt about it very late in the book, when so much becomes clear I enjoyed the story, but only gave it three stars because there were so many places that I considered possibly not finishing it.

  20. This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom.The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues is one of the odd mystery novels Ellen Raskin wrote prior to The Westing Game The main character is 17 year old art student Dickory Dock, who lives in Greenwich Village with her brother and sister in law At the start of the story, she takes a job as a painter s assistant to an artist named Garson, who works from his home at 12 Cobble Lane Other residents of the building include such odd characters as Manny [...]

  21. Dickory Dock lives the life of many typical art students she lives in New York in a crowded walk up, sleeps on an uncomfortable couch in the living room of her brother and his wife and they don t get along with one another , flirts with the sweet but awkward boy in her abstract art class while enduring extreme criticism from her art teacher, constantly steps overs bums, and dreams about living in her own Greenwich Village loft and studio She becomes the assistant to Garcon, a hack portrait paint [...]

  22. Uniquely clever and entirely unpredictable, this is a mystery that gives satire a run for it s money Cleanliness Children s Bad WordsMild Obscenities and Substitutions 4 Incidents golly, stupid, shut upName Calling 7 Incidents brat, Snotty kid, Fat greaseball, punk, idiot,Religious Profanity 6 Incidents egad, What in heaven s name, thank heavens, by gad, gee, heaven help meAttitudes Disobedience 3 Incidents A girl lied about her salary so she could keep a part of it This was to be saved so she c [...]

  23. Dickory Dock, potentially starving art student, finds herself a job working for the mediocre portrait artist Garson who also moonlights as a detective Occasionally even the chief of police drops in to consult Garson on a case Soon, Dickory finds herself not only cleaning up paint supplies, but bending her brain cells to solve cases with Garson But the biggest mystery is what in the world is going on in Garson s house He has two borders who are rather peculiar and shady characters One of them has [...]

  24. Children s mystery novel from the author of The Westing Game set in New York City Art student Dickory Dock becomes an assistant to artist Garson Garson also has Dickory assist him when he consults with the police in cases that require a keen eye for observation The interesting thing about this book is that it is very external, and does not rely on internal monologues It is a literary technique that extolls its main point being observant of what people are doing is an important skill that will te [...]

  25. I read this book twice as a kid, and had no idea what was going on through most of it When I found a cheap ebook copy, I decided to give it another shot.The basic plot is that a young art student named Dickory Dock gets a job as an assistant to Garson, the rich and famous but 3rd rate portrait painter One night at a party, Garson has too much to drink, and he lectures a stranger on artists natural ability to see through deceptions The stranger turns out to be the chief of police, who begins hiri [...]

  26. The Westing Game is one of my all time favorite children s books, and many people seem to think this one is just as good I disagree I love Raskin s writing You can perfectly picture everything she describes and the story just comes to life as though you were there I found that to be true in this one as well as in The Westing Game, but this one failed to capture my heart This time I found all the disguises a little too hokey and I was always looking for the pieces to fit together instead of just [...]

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