|From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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All readers hope for in a book. Humor, suspense, intrigue and their problems acknowledged seriously, but not somberly.
After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits!
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- yellow group review
This book was the best. The ending was the best of the whole
book. I was so excited that I couldn't wait to finish the
book. The middle is good because they tell you what they do in the museum. The end is also good because they almost got caught. And the beginning is also good. this is my review....more info
- yellow group review
The story was okay. I was suprised that Cluadia and Jamie didn't get caught in the museum. Also I think that the story was like a mystery because they were finding information on Michael Angelo.The story was also a little exciting. I would recommend this book to 10 and 11 year olds....more info
- Dull plot and unresolved ethical issues
I think it's time to shelve this book. It does not deserve a place on the children's classics. There are a number of problems with the book. First off, it's a dull tale. It could have been exciting--the tale of two children running away from home and living in a museum--but it ends up being mundane. There is precious little suspense in the story, and the children never seem overly concerned about getting caught.
Indeed, the children do not seem overly concerned about very much at all. They give precious little thought to their parents (who after a hours would be going crazy--after a week would suffer psychological damage). They think little about lying, betrayal, cheating at cards, swindling a friend's money at cards, stealing coins from the museum fountain, trespassing, or the harm they might be causing others. Such problems can be excellent fodder for a novel! Who wants angelic characters? BUT such problems need to be confronted and overcome--not ignored. In short, they address almost none of the moral dilemmas posed by the novel. They just drift through the plot in a narcissistic manner.
As if recognizing the tedium of her own tale Konigsburg gives us the mystery of the Angel statue. It is an implausible and poorly resolved mystery which never adds much momentum to the story. My 6 year old and I were not dying to find out the answer to the mystery. The novel's apex comes when Frankweiler and Claudia conspire in secrecy and share the potency of secrets. It's a powerful notion, but there is a risk is glorifying secrecy for children. Having a personal, burning secret can be a source of pride and intrigue, but it can also be a harmful tumor. As with all of the moral issues in the book, Konigsburg does not address the multi-edged nature of secrecy. Undeserving of the Newbury, this novel is now undeserving of our further attention. ...more info
- A proper mystery!
I think you have to be a kid or a kid at heart to properly understand the magic of this book. What kid did not dream of running away? Here is a girl, a very practical girl, who makes that dream come true. She and her younger brother create an elaborate plan to run away and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Remember, this was written before huge advancements in security. As they live an awesome life in a museum, they allow themselves to become part of a possible mystery.
This is an exciting and smartly-written book that manages to laugh at itself and his characters while still making you love everyone connected to this clever story.
- I read it, years passed, and I went to work at the Met
Like many of the reviewers here, I read this book as a child and loved and remembered it. I grew up and now I work at the Met and I have gotten the book for my kid. ...more info
- lasting classic
When I told my kids the basic idea of this story, they were excited. When they heard it, they were mesmerized. They enjoyed it so much, we had to extend a bedtime so that they could hear the end. Very well done....more info
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler
I received 8 of 10 individual orders of this used novel within a few days and the other two before the deadline. The quality of the novels was overall good - perfect covers and very slight yellowing. I had one query from a vendor for which I received a prompt reply from the vendor and from Amazon. I'm very satisfied....more info
- If I'd Read This Book Forty Years Ago...
As I child I would have wanted to be Claudia: brave enough to run away, worldly enough to live in a museum, and smart enough to figure out the "cupid" mystery. But having read it only a few days ago, as an adult, I'd like to have written some of lines author E.L. Konigsburg attributed to her narrator Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Here are two examples:
"Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around."
"...Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It's hollow."
Note: Find a new edition that contains Ms. Konigsburg's Afterword. You'll like her discussion of things around and in the museum that have change, or stayed the same, since she wrote the book. ...more info
- light and pleasing but not teasing
Two siblings, a boy and a girl, run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of New York, where they become involved in trying to find out whether a new statue was the work of Michelangelo. In the end they do find out by talking to the person who sold the statue to the museum.
So there you have it: easy to read, easy to summarize, pleasing and somewhat diverting. It's no brain teaser, though, it didn't really draw me in, I didn't feel captivated by the language or the story - I cared what happened to the characters but in a detached way, sort of like you wish your neighbors well but don't ponder too much on it.
I don't really understand why this is supposed to be a classic: I mean it's not bad, but common: can it really compare with something like Pinocchio, or Alice? It's too much of a light souffle for that, in my humble opinion....more info
- Review of Mixed-Up Files
The book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, is a book where the conflicts the characters face are conflicts with others, and with objects. The reason for these conflicts is because the two main characters, Claudia and Jamie Kincaid run away from home because Claudia wants to teach her parents some appreciation towards her. She is 12 years old, and decides to take her 7 years old brother with her, since he has LOTS of money. The story takes place in the 1940s, and $24.43 was a lot, and that is how much Jamie has. The place where Claudia decides they will be staying is at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. While staying there, they get a great advantage for studying. But one object catches Claudia's eye. A statue that the museum recently purchased for $250. It was a statue of an Angel made by Michelangelo. Claudia doesn't want to leave the museum until she finds out if the statue was actually made by Michelangelo, which means trying to contact Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from whom the museum purchased the statue from. The story itself is actually told by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, telling her lawyer about it, because it connects somehow to her will. The theme of this story is don't give up because you might have a great discovery ahead of you.
I would give this book a 9 out of 10, which is really good. It can get confusing at times, but the parts that are confusing are usually explained later on in the book. It is definitely a book I would recommend, but only for people who like interesting books that have lots of adventure, where you also learn facts about history.
- yellow group review
This book was the best. the ending was the best of the whole
book. i was so excited that i couldn't wait to finish the
book. So you should read this book. this is my review....more info
- A timeless book for the 8-10 segment
I loved this book at age 10 and just gave it to my 8 year old niece. It is a G-rated mystery about a sister and brother who "run away" from sub-urban Connecticut and hide out in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. How they get there and hide out inside is entertaining. Along the way, they get involved in a mystery. No violence, no sex, very innocently entertaining. It was written in the 1960's so the setting might be somewhat dated to the text-messaging 10-year-olds of today. I would set that aside if I was you - it is a fun read for a young person who has moved on from "childrens books" but it not ready for Young Adult fiction....more info
- A great book
I'm ten years old and bearly read. I like unique books and this is defenitly one of them. It leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat. A rich little brother and braniac sister venture off to a art museum and find a statue that thy are fasinated with. So they go to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for help. If you don't like it your CRAZY!...more info
- The Best Book
This book is so good.I read it to my 7 year old she loved it.It is well written. I recommend it to all the young readers.This is a book for 7-13. You should read From The Mixed-Up files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler. I hope you enjoy it!...more info
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler
What can any one say about this 35 year old Newbury award winner. A must read for any child visiting New York City for the first time. A great book to read aloud to the entire family. Enjoy!!...more info
- perennial family favorite
Two generations have now enjoyed this wonderful tale. Our oldest says that he is now glad to be able to visit a real museum ,but it was a dream inspired by this book....more info
- A book you'll remember for a lifetime
I read this book as a child. I thought of it often over the years. One of the only books that I remember to such exacting detail. I even remebered the name of the book but not the authors name. After taking my son to the Art Institute in Chicago, It made me want to find the book for him. The mystery was fun. The idea of sleeping in Marie Antionettes bed,taking baths in the fountain is the part that captures the imagination forever. I still want to hide away at the museum.Too bad Hot Fudge Sundaes cost way more than 40 cents and Woolworths is gone. However,the book will stay with you forever....more info
- Just ew
I had to read this in 5th grade and it was torture throughout. The story was good but the way it was written gave no true human reactions and it was a normal book with a weird displaced mistery put into it....more info
- yellow group book review
I think The Mixed-up Files was a very good book. I think a lot of childeren would like it. I think this because its almost like a mystery. Also it's a book filled with whats going to happen next. Also the ending is suprising. My favorit part was when they vistited Mrs.Frankweiler. For Some reason I thougt they were going to get caught. I really like this book and I hope you do to.I rated this book 5 star because it is suprising....more info
- still one of my favorites
I read this book as a child and have never forgotten it. I was THRILLED to discover it again and have since bought several copies to pass on to the children in my life. Such a cute and interesting story...helped fulfill a fantasy of mine of hiding out in a museum! Pass it on...this is a great, great book....more info
- Yellow Group
I really liked this book I think it is a must read because it is about two kids that run away from home. They run away because they think they are being treated unfairly. In the book they decide to run away to the museum.In the middle of the book is what I think was the best because it is where they are in the museum and they are researching a sculpture. In the end of the story they go to Mrs. basil E. Frankweiler's house because they find out that Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler might know about the sculpture and she did and had a whole file of it but there was a catch and it was that you had to find the file within 1hour. If you want to know more about it you have to read it....more info
- So sweet
I havent read this book, since some where between grade school and middle school. But from what i remember from it, this book, teaches kids to go for their dreams and not to get discouraged by anything...more info
- 2nd favorite book
After the Witches by Roald Dahl this is my second favorite children's book. I just absolutely love it!!...more info
- Still good after all these years
I feel funny reviewing books that are older than I am (this was published in 1967), but I will share what I thought. I thought this was a cute story, and I don't know how I missed this one when I was young...it seems like it would have been just my style! And, except for a few details (such as how much things cost and the fact that Claudia wears a petticoat), it doesn't feel like it's outdated. I thought a couple of parts were particularly funny, like when Claudia and Jamie find an unopened candy bar on the ground, and Jamie wants to eat it. Claudia says "You better not touch it. It's probably poisoned or filled with marijuana, so you'll eat it and become either dead or a dope addict." How funny! ...more info
- Pleased to Revisit Old Friends
I bought this book because I was primarily interested in the afterword by E.L. Konisburg. For my part, even though I am a grown woman now, I can still somewhatidentify with Claudia Kincaid and how she feels as the firstborn girl in the family. This is because that's what I was, growing up. I also think if I could run away, that's how I'd want to do it, too....more info
- I loved this book as a kid, and love it now!
I just bought this book for my 4th grader and had to read it again myself. It was one of my favorite books as a 4th-5th grader....more info
- A delightful classic
It's wonderful to see a book first published in the later 1960's still being loved and enjoyed today. It was a special treat to pass this fantastic read on to my children since it was one of my favorites growing up. Living near enough to New York that we get to the MET at least once a year made it even better for them.
Some things haven't changed in over 40 years. Kids Claudia's age still feel they have the worst parents and most miserable situation at one point or another. What sets this story apart from other "kid hates parents, kid runs away..." stories is that Claudia comes up with an adventure so that she isn't running away, but running to something - the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Rather then reciting the whole story I'll just say this is a fabulous book and if you didn't read it as a child, get it and read it now with your children. ...more info
- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Have you ever wondered about running away from home? Well, Claudia did. And she planned her escape very carefully. She would take one of her brother's, Jamie with her. They would both live very comfortably at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She would be gone long enough to teach her parents a lesson. Everything went as planned. Then, Claudia set her eyes on a beautiful angel sculpture. Everyone wants to find out who made "Angel". Claudia is determined to find out the maker of it. The answer lies with the former owner of the statue, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Join Claudia and Jamie on their adventure to solve the mystery!
I liked the book very much. The adventure in the story was exciting. I can relate myself to some characters in the book such as Claudia. We both plan very carefully for anything and we both know what it feels like to be the oldest child in the family. I was surprised to find out that Jamie gambles and cheats (so much for an innocent boy). There were some things that I didn't like in the book. For example, it didn't tell you from whose point of view the story was written from. You found out in the middle of the book. Also, some parts of the story were confusing. I had to read those parts more than two times.
As you go on reading the book you have the urge to finish the whole story to find out the answer. It's hard to put the book down in the middle of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and mystery books. Boy or girl, big or small, this is a great book to read.
- A decent book worth reading
This book is a pretty good book. This book is amusing, and it is also entertaining. It is a good use of time. I think that there are more slightly better quality books. This book was cool because in parts there are a lot of exquisite actions such as where they sleep in the museum, what they try to discover, and how they basically live their lives as they ran away from home. While just now as i'm in 6th grade, my friends and I have had a lot of fun reading this book....more info
- Book of No Return!
Not knowing 'From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' was and is a favorite book of our granddaughter, we purchased a copy as part of her Christmas gift along with 'Bookopoly' - A Monopoly Game for Book Lovers. When she opened it and said it was a book she had read and reread many times, I thought for sure we would have to make a book return. "I love this book," she said, "and I'm keeping it so I can finally have my own copy." Based on her reaction, I think I can safely say this is sure to be a great read! ~ Mrs. B. ...more info
- From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
It was a good book because it was full of suspense, action, funny stuff, and laughter. I would like to read it again somtime when I have free reading time....more info
- This book inspired my career!
I have worked in the museum field for more than 15 years, and can attribute my intrigue with museums to reading this book in 2nd grade! When I meet new colleagues in the field and we get to talking about our early love of museums, this book always comes up in conversation -- so many of us remember this book planting the seed for our future careers. Thank you, E.L. Konigsburg!!...more info