From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Author:E. L. Konigsburg 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, she decided that her leaving home would n... more »ot be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere. To a large place, a comfortable place, an indoor place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
So begins one of the most celebrated and beloved books of all time. In the forty years since it was first published, generations of readers have made it a modern classic with an enduring place in the history of children's literature. It is an adventure, a mystery, a celebration of art and beauty, and most of all, a journey of self-discovery.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child because it featured my favorite art museum as well - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). And the best part about Claudia and Jamie's run away adventures is they get to stay over night at the museum, solve a mystery and earn the respect of the reclusive and mysterious Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Even time I go to the Met, I entertain thoughts of hiding myself away in a bathroom stall just like Claudia did so I could stay the night too! Of course, the security guards are well aware of this book and throughly check all the bathrooms at closing every night.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book for young people won the Newbery Medal. A girl and her younger brother run away from home to a museum and solve a mystery. It has a clever plot and is well-written, and I appreciate the fact that the author was not out to rub a child's nose in death and misery in the name of being relevant to modern youth. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it less than stories that have more humor and maybe a touch of fantasy or imagination in them.
Classic childrens book that is almost more enjoyable for grown-ups! two children run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. All sorts of historical asides and insight into human nature all wrapped up together in a charming book. After you've read it, go visit the museum!
"From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is a fantastic book, about two siblings (a young boy and girl) that decide to run away. This book captures their journey, from taking baths in a fountain, to sleeping in a bed that is on display at teh museum. This is an awesome book for all ages!
I first read this book in junior high. I loved it, couldn't put it down, and it started a love of mysteries for me that has continued to this day, some 40 years later. E. L. Konigsburg has a great grasp of the mind of a pre-teen girl; her characters are believable, lovable and quirky. There might be a few scenes that made me sad as a kid, because the adults in the book act responsibly for the most part. But I got so caught up in the world of these runaways that I didn't even think about what their parents might be going through. In fact I can recall the first time I read it I completely missed the references to stories in the paper about the runaways, etc. Only when re-reading it as an adult did I pick up on that subtle understory. Konigsburg is well deserving of her Newberry Awards, and I look forward to reading more of her writing.
I read this many years ago as a teenager. I remember enjoying the book, but I don't think I was highly impressed. I expected a little more to happen to kids locked in a museum. At the time I was only interested in paranormal and horror novels. It's a cute story nonetheless.