From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother,... show more
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie, find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction for a bargain price of $250. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. This quest leads Claudia to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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....