Vincent Shadow

Toy inventor

Children - Grade 4th-6th
224 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2012
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Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Tim Kehoe's debut novel "Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor" is a delight for young readers. Vincent is an eleven year old boy who lost his mother two years ago. His father has now remarried and Vincent has three stepsisters who annoy Vincent and make his life even more difficult. Unknown to anyone in the household, Vincent has a secret laboratory in his attic room. The laboratory contains all the materials Vincent needs to invent toys and, if Vincent had his way, he would spend every living hour in that lab.

Vincent is devastated when his father announces the family will be leaving New York and moving to Minnesota. But then, Vincent is pleasantly surprised to be enrolled in a school of arts. His favorite class is science in which his eccentric teacher Mr. Dennis encourages innovative thought which produces creative products. The students are entered in a national toy contest with a famous New York toy company owner and Vincent comes to life, creating something of interest which promises to take him back to New York where he might reconnect with everything he has missed since the move. But then, disaster strikes and Vincent is forced to improvise.

This story is meant for children in grades four through six and it will definitely appeal to boys and girls alike. Creative drawings accompany highly unusual toy inventions that will surely stimulate the minds of would-be child inventors. There is an appendix in which delightful drawings of potential toys will leave the child reader curious and full of smiles. Tim Kehoe has created a story which begs for a sequel.