From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would live in comfort-at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She invited her brother Jamie to go, too, mostly because he was a miser and... show more
When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would live in comfort-at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She invited her brother Jamie to go, too, mostly because he was a miser and would have moneyThe two took up residence in the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the museum so beautiful she could not go home until she had discovered its maker, a question that baffled even the experts. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler And without her help Claudia might never have found a way to go home.
Publish date: January 28th 1997
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Middle Grade
, New York
I love this book. I must have read it when I was a kid - I know I did - but beyond the museum, and the statue, I remembered almost nothing. Which was great, because I got to discover it all over again. It starts a tad slow, as Claudia meticulously plans her running away, but once they hit the mu...
Interesting framing devise that you forget about till you reach the end *grin* I found this one charming and interesting. And imagine every child with a minimum possibility of ever be able to reach the NY Museum would find it a million times more thrilling. There's is no magic more real, more so...
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a knapsack on her back. She didn't like discomfort; even picnics were untidy and inconvenient: all those insects and the sun melting the icing on the cupcakes. Therefore...
I didn't read this when I was a kid like all my friends seem to have done, but I don't think I necessarily would have liked it any better then than I did now. It was all a little too "cutesy" for my taste, and while the motives were fairly believable for children, it's still hard for the main charac...
As an adult reading this for the first time, I really had to shut off a good portion of my brain that concerns itself with 'plausibility' and 'child safety', etc. Once I did that I really had a jolly old time! On one level, the most important level really, this is fabulous escapist fiction for kids....