From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Konigsburg, E. L.

Book - 1967
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away....She didn't like discomfort....Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not 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. -- from 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 go in comfort -- she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because he was a miser and would have money. Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie had some ideas too; so the two took up residence at 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 discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her -- well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home. For thirty-five years E. L. Konigsburg's story has entranced readers of all ages. This special anniversary edition contains a new afterword from the author, along with a few extra surprises to delight readers old and new.

Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1967.
Edition: \1st ed.\
ISBN: 9780689853227
0881037311
0689205864
9780689205866
0689703082
0689711816
Characteristics: 162 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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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.

Comment by: gottschalk Jun 19, 2013

PERFECT.

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. Know... Read More »

11 year-old Claudia Kincaid and her younger brother, Jamie, run away to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They manage to escape detection for a week and get also get involved in a mystery surrounding the statue of an angel.--This book club favorite is enhanced with a browsing copy of Inside the Mu... Read More »


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Feb 19, 2015
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Claudia is almost twelve years old and is dissatisfied with her life so she decides to run away. She recruits her younger brother to go with her because he has money they can live off of. They run to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Claudia plans on learning while she is there. A new feature is displayed--a statue of an angel that may have been created by Michelangelo. Claudia decides she must find out for certain if he created the statue before she can go home. After many small adventures, the two children end up at Mrs. Frankweiler's home. She is the original owner of the statue. There they learn the true origins of the statue.

The illustrations are done in pencil. They are very dark and muddy making for faces that are at times unattractive.

The story is narrated by Mrs. Frankweiler as she writes a letter to her lawyer Saxonberg. She is telling the children's story as if she is beside them the whole time. The story flows well, but there are some things that made the story less than enjoyable for me. First, I found her brother, Jamie to be the more enjoyable, and at times, more sensible character. Claudia was whiny and demanding and not once worries about the family she has run away from. Some parts of the plot did not make sense to me. Such as...why would Claudia be wearing petticoats in 1967? Why was the title about Mrs. Frankweiler's files when her files were only five minutes worth of the story? I felt there was much more to Mrs. F's story that we never get. And I may be naive, but in what time period is it ever okay for brother and sister to undress in front of each other to get ready for bed and to get naked to take a bath together in a fountain? There is an illustration of the naked children in the book. The children steal regularly (food from tour groups, a newspaper, and money from the fountain). In the end, Mrs. F. alludes to the fact that Saxonberg is the children's grandfather. This is never explained.

At the end of the story I felt this was a selfish journey taken by Claudia. She gets everything she wants at the expense of others. She is never sorry for the worry she put her family through. She feels like more of a person because she learned about the statue. I did not feel the mystery about the statue was such a great mystery and I felt that all of the answers were way too easy. I would have liked to know more about Mrs. F. That would have made the story much more interesting.
An okay read that I would recommend for grades 5-7 due to more mature content. The book is on a reading level of 6.8.

Jan 04, 2015

The endlessly-enviable tale of a brother and sister who run away to live in the Met. Quirky and immensely appealing to precocious readers.

Jul 17, 2014

This is one of the best books I have ever read! Once I started it could not stop reading! This book makes other books look bland. I will read it over and over. If you have not read it read it. You will not regret it.

Jul 14, 2014

this is such a great book i wish i could pull it of like they did

Jan 10, 2014
  • Anneatthelibrary rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book as a kid (and still do). The idea of running away to live in a museum and being able to spend quality time with the exhibits is fun.

The question is, is it a real Michelangelo or not? Can Claudia and her brother find out what the adults don't know?

Nov 17, 2013

Truly a great book! I loved it from the beginning to the end!

Oct 02, 2013
  • Luv2cNewThings rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is over TWO DECADES since I've read this book, but when the title popped up on screen my eyes widened and a smile crept onto my face. I remember reading and loving this book as a child.

I remember reading how the older sister was methodic and planning, which reminded me a lot about myself. I remember the younger brother simply following. I also remember how the book went from a pair of runaways into a mystery. What did it start with? An emblem at the bottom of an angel statue. (If I remember correctly.)

Even as a child, it was a very fun and easy read.

Aug 07, 2013

Quirky and practical, just like its enterprising protagonists. Immensely appealing, it may leave you scratching your head at the end. Which makes it all the more appealing as a re-read.

Jun 19, 2013
  • gottschalk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

PERFECT.

May 12, 2013

Awesome for anyone! Anything by Koningsburg is awesome.

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Jan 18, 2013

When Claudia and Jamie runs away from home, they face 2 problems: 1. Claudia wanted to feel diffrent, 2. They found a statue so beautiful they could not feel desired to go home until they find its real maker. What, in fact, should they do?

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Feb 19, 2015
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Other: Child nudity, stealing, and runaway children

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