When Matthew visits an art museum on a field trip, he is intrigued by an old painting of a Dutch boy. Then the boy speaks to him. So begins The Alchemist’s Portrait, an adventure-filled romp through art and history.
Matthew discovers that Peter, the boy from the painting, has been trapped inside his portrait by his evil uncle, Nicolass van der Leyden. Now Peter needs Matthew’s help to go back in time and recover his uncle’s secret spell book.
I enjoyed this fast-paced fantasy story and especially the clever glimpses of history throughout. A great book to introduce middle grade students to the past.