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FREE EPUB Ï MOBI From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler î 9780744583274 ✓ ➽ From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Download ➺ Author E.L. Konigsburg – Horticulturetrader.co.uk When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away she knows she dWhen 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 her younger brot OK I'll admit it I freakin' hate the Newbery Medal Any time I see it on the cover of a book I'm 985% sure it sucks All of the books that have been given this honor seem to have been written with the intent of teaching kids some crappy history lesson There's no magic or mystery to any of themreading these books is akin to eating dry toast when you know damned well you could cover the bread with butter cinnamon and sugar I mean if you really want to martyr yourself do it creatively like St Agatha who got her breasts cut off Otherwise sit back relax and enjoy life because nobody wants to hear your whiningI digress The point of this rant is that there is a major exception to my I Hate Newbery Rule and it's this book The idea of two kids hiding out in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so brilliant it sends me running running to the stereo to do a wild naked dance to The Muffs's version of KIDS IN AMERICA I love Claudia's obsession with art and mystery as well as Jamie's passion for gambling And the siblings' interplay just can't be beat Snappy dialogue brilliant plot evocative subjectwhat was the Newbery panel thinking when they awarded this book its highest honor?
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E FrankweilerWhen 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 her younger brot OK I'll admit it I freakin' hate the Newbery Medal Any time I see it on the cover of a book I'm 985% sure it sucks All of the books that have been given this honor seem to have been written with the intent of teaching kids some crappy history lesson There's no magic or mystery to any of themreading these books is akin to eating dry toast when you know damned well you could cover the bread with butter cinnamon and sugar I mean if you really want to martyr yourself do it creatively like St Agatha who got her breasts cut off Otherwise sit back relax and enjoy life because nobody wants to hear your whiningI digress The point of this rant is that there is a major exception to my I Hate Newbery Rule and it's this book The idea of two kids hiding out in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is so brilliant it sends me running running to the stereo to do a wild naked dance to The Muffs's version of KIDS IN AMERICA I love Claudia's obsession with art and mystery as well as Jamie's passion for gambling And the siblings' interplay just can't be beat Snappy dialogue brilliant plot evocative subjectwhat was the Newbery panel thinking when they awarded this book its highest honor?
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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler ¿ Bly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo and therefore worth millions Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out Her uest leads her to Mrs Basil E Frankweiler the remarkable old woman who sold the statue and to some eually remarkable discoveries about herse For his autumnal yet incandescent family tragicomedy The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson drew inspiration from a handful of literary works remarkably possessed of whimsy and insightful wit Chief among these is the late J D Salinger’s short but utterly perceptive book Franny and Zooey whose title characters are members of the Glass family the basis for the dysfunctional Tenenbaums in Anderson’s film The eccentric director drawing further attention to his enchantment with Salinger’s fictional family even went so far as to pattern a uirk of one of the central characters in The Royal Tenenbaums after a scene in Franny and Zooey where Zooey the male protagonist spends an inordinate stretch of time in a bathtub Anderson did the same that is cutting out a scene from a beloved book and stitching it into his film to the 1968 Newbery Medal winning novel by E L Konigsburg From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler In a brief episode of childhood rebellion in Anderson’s film two of the Tenenbaum siblings run away from home and live in of all places a museum They must have read Konigsburg’s novel Anderson has certainly for that’s exactly what Claudia and Jamie Kincaid the leads in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler did From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler hereafter referred to simply as Mixed Up Files despite the book’s delightful roller coaster of a title is narrated with a uaint sense of humor by a wealthy old lady named Mrs Basil E Frankweiler Mrs Frankweiler’s purportedly true story sets off when Claudia fed up with being unfairly treated in the Kincaid household in Greenwich Connecticut and tired of the monotony of everything decides to teach her parents “a lesson in Claudia appreciation” by running away from home Considering her very low tolerance for discomfort she chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as her hideaway and considering her very low supply of money she persuades her penny pinching brother Jamie to join her With the snazzy art museum as their home cum playground sister and brother make the most out of their newfound freedom and Konigsburg via Mrs Frankweiler seems to make the experience of being away from the safety and convenience afforded by home a tad too easy and pleasant for her protagonists who attempt to live on less than twenty five dollars and a few sets of clothes for God knows how long in the Met an otherwise comfortable dwelling place They hide in the bathrooms at opening and closing time to evade the museum personnel sleep in ancient canopy beds while pretending to be 16th century monarchs bathe in the restaurant fountain while picking up wish coins to add to their dwindling funds and mingle with visitors for their daily dose of art history But these aren’t small plot conveniences so much as products of the complementary nature of Claudia and Jamie’s individual strengths most notably she’s excellent at planning while he’s good at not spending And so even as they bicker mildly about mostly trivial matters they become thick as thieves “The greatest adventure of our mutual lives” as Claudia enticingly described their stint as truants and runaways when she was just trying to enlist Jamie becomes just that when they stumble upon a mystery surrounding the museum’s latest acuisition a statue of an angel believed to be the handiwork of none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti Claudia and Jamie as inuisitive and ingenious as any kids of their age he’s nine years old; she’s “one month away from being 12” would dare to be and seeing that they’re right where the object mired in mystery is sets out to uncover the angel’s secret if any This is no The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons for kids thank you very much In this little book where most of the events big and small also happen in a famous museum and an Italian Renaissance man also gets plunged into the story there’s no room for bloated conspiracy theories and cheap thrills In the first place they’re not what you’d expect from a sophisticated narrator like Mrs Frankweiler who at old age has amassed great wisdom and a great deal of items for her art collection besides as a newspaper article Claude and Jamie chance upon states and as the proud octogenarian herself boasts around the time she finally enters the story as a supporting but not insignificant character while retaining her role as narrator of course What we’re treated to instead is a charming and smartly plotted novel that at first blush seems focused on the excitement of being a defiant and carefree youth and later appears entangled in the revelations impressive in spite of their scant amount hatched by the pair in their investigation about the true maker of an antiue sculpture But as they go about their kid detective work they Claudia especially unknowingly encounter a path towards self discovery and Mixed Up Files ultimately becomes fixed on an eye opening search for what makes a person different and beautiful inside a living work of art in other words Mixed Up Files is structurally a written account addressed to Mrs Frankweiler’s lawyer In her letter prefacing her main narrative she discloses that “I’ve written it to explain certain changes to my last will and testament You’ll understand those changes and a lot of other things much better after reading it” There's no doubt that her lawyer did understand “I don’t come in until much later she continues but never mind You’ll find enough to interest you until you do” Wes Anderson sure did and anyone who has ever been a child and who goes on to read and re read Mixed Up Files does sure enough Originally posted here EBOOK ↠ From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler é E.L. 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E.L. Konigsburg é From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler DOC Her Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash flow problem she invites him alongOnce settled into the museum Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of 225 The statue is possi My oldest grandson Philip is an avid reader a trait my wife and I like to encourage He'd encountered this Newbery award winner in his school library and wanted to own a copy so we gave him one for his 11th birthday last fall When he discovered that I'd never read it it was first published in 1967 by which time I was in high school and focusing my reading on grown up books he wanted to share it with me so he loaned me his copy Last year he likewise introduced me to another kid's classic Stone Fox I'd heard of the book but had no real clue what it was aboutElaine Konigsburg like some other women writers in the earlier decades of the past century when the book trade was male dominated she hid her gender behind her initials became an instant success in children's literature with this essentially debut novel It was technically the second one she had published but both books were submitted at the same time That's a deserved tribute to her skill as a writer; the craftsmanship of the book is of a pretty high orderAs we learn from the outset through a short cover letter the body of the book is supposedly a narrative composed by Mrs Basil E Frankweiler to her longtime and long suffering lawyer Saxonburg to explain a change she wants made to her will She's a childless 82 year old widow as rich as Croesus and definitely eccentric imperious and opinionated Ordinarily she's not the sort of narrator many kids would readily relate to; but she immediately focuses her tale on two kids Claudia age 11 and her nine year old brother Jamie In fact it's not immediately made clear what relation Mrs Frankenweiler is going to have to the events of her story That's a deft move on the author's part giving child readers child protagonists to relate to and a bit of mystery as a hook Claudia's made up her mind to temporarily run away from her home in the New York City suburb of Greenwich dragging Jamie along for the ride to get the benefit of his assiduously saved allowance money and plans to stay in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art an actual institution that's still there today for the duration of her adventure The expedition will involve both children in a mystery surrounding a Renaissance statuette of an angel that may or may not have been sculpted by Michelangelo and in some life lessons and self discovery as wellLike most books aimed at this age group older pre teens this chapter book is a short 182 pages of main text uick read It's also well written with the kind of story line that keeps you turning pages compulsively to see what happens next The author had a genius for characterization; the two kids are extremely realistic embodiments of children their age while being nicely differentiated individuals with distinctive personalities and speaking styles She also laces her writing with an undercurrent of dry humor that freuently crops out Both the humor and the characterizations as well as the subtleties of the psychological content IMO might actually be perceived and appreciated better by adult readers than by kids The plotting isn't predictable and we get one surprise near the end that fits like a jigsaw puzzle and was foreshadowed by clues hidden in plain sight but which most readers won't see coming On the whole it's a kid's book that can hold adult interest Still I think I might have liked it better as a child than as an adult reader Why you ask?As I said Claudia and Jamie are very realistic child characters; I could recognize a lot of traits of my grandkids in them But these include a lot of traits that even though I love my grandkids are very calculated to drive me up the wall and I expect many other parents and grandparents have the same reaction These kids aren't evil or cruel but they do have a basically self centered orientation and ethical cluelessness at times an aversion to responsibility and a feeling that mild chores are an insufferable imposition Add to this a capacity for sibling rivalry thick enough to cut with a knife and a willingness of a younger kid to check his brain at the door and let an older sibling lead him around by the nose into outrageous behavior that he should never even have considered Been there see that every day want to scream at it The whole runaway scenario factors into this Claudia isn't an abused unloved child trying to escape a horrible home life She's a pampered well to do kid who doesn't think she's pampered enough and just wants to run off to subject her family to a lesson in Claudia appreciation Yes she mailed them a letter which they wouldn't get until at least the next day telling them not to worry as if they wouldn't Konigsburg keeps the adults in Claudia's family largely offstage so that readers can put them out of mind But you don't put people you genuinely love out of mind and you don't put them through hell just for purely selfish reasons and as a father and grandfather myself whenever I'd let myself think about it I knew Claudia and Jamie were putting the adults in their lives through hell Yes if I'd been the parent I'd have been unspeakably thankful and relieved to get them back safe But I might also have grounded them for about 47 years and possibly packed them off for a semester at a boarding military academy in northern Alaska as a lesson in family appreciation Okay I might be exaggerating slightly for effect That colored my reaction to the tale in a way that it might not have as a kid It's also why I recommend the book only for mature kids who wouldn't blindly consider these characters role models and be encouraged to run away themselvesInterestingly a book I read last year Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick b 1966 has a similar plot structure his protagonist is a runaway who sets out for and hides out in another real life New York museum the American Museum of Natural History Selznick isn't a Goodreads author so I don't know if he ever read Konigsburg's classic; but I think it's possible that he did and that it may have been one of his literary influences The difference between the two books though is instructive and helps to explain why I rated the later book higher Selznick's protagonist Ben manages his escape in a way that won't leave his family members insane with worry and does tell a family member where he's going And he has a psychological need to go to deal with a uestion that's crucially important to him in learning who he is; it's not just a whim and he doesn't pull a nine year old sibling along into the ventureThe edition of this book that I read was a 35 year anniversary reprint with an afterword by the author which explained a bit about the models for the characters in her own family the changes in New York City and the Museum itself since she wrote some of the inspiration for the story the reason she never wrote a seuel and I agree with that decision because I think this is a story that's truly artistically complete in itself as it stands etc; I enjoyed this feature and felt it enhanced the book At the time she mourned the recent passing of both her husband and her longtime editor who'd both loved the book Sadly Mrs Konigsburger herself passed away as well in 2013 But this book alone would be a worthy legacy and she wrote other prize winning tales as well and I give it a solid rating of three earned stars