Mystery Mansion is a spectacularly beautiful seek-and-find book. The clues are given to "Tommy" and to the readers by notes in rhyme from Tommy's aunt. I do have to confess that I changed Tommy's name to "Thomas" and his aunt's name to "Luna". This made perfect sense to my four-year-old Thomas because he says that his Aunt Luna lives on a shooting star. The story around Mystery Mansion is very sweet and the pay-off is worth the build-up, but I bought this book for the artwork.
Michael Garland is an artist with a staggering range. Many of his styles are represented in this book. The two-page spread of the garden scene alone is well worth tracking down this book. In fact, that is exactly why I did track down this book. I thought that the garden scene would be my favorite, but as soon as I spotted a dragon in the wall-paper I had a new favorite scene. I'm a grown woman, and I just spent half-an-hour poring over the artwork in this book. Imagine how long it could keep a child entertained.