Book review: The impossible true story of Tricky Vic the man who sold the Eiffel Tower; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Tricky Vic book coverby Greg Pizzoli
Biography, picture book
Interest level: grades 3-7
Reading level: 6.4
5 out of 5 stars

This is a great biographical picture book about Robert Miller, a con man who went by the alias of Count Victor Lustig. Greg Pizzoli has done an amazing job creating a picture book that features a con man in a way that is interesting to children, and also teaches about the what life was like during the 1920s and 1930s. Tricky Vic conned Al Capone and “sold” the Eiffel Tower to someone! What a fascinating character.

The illustrations feature colors that are evocative of the times, and are created with pencil, ink, rubber stamps, halftone photographs, silkscreen, Zipatone, and Photoshop. There are also historic photos and original source documents. A glossary, author’s note, and bibliography are available in the back of the book for further information.

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