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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: EL Konigsburg

Last night, taking a break after a well-drawn but adolescently written graphic novel called Ultra before diving back into the volcano book Krakatoa, I grabbed The Mixed-Up Files from my shelf. I'm still grinning this morning. If you missed this one when you were a kid, it's worth reading now. Two kids run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and get involved in an art mystery. My sister and I used to love this book, as well as another story of two kids who get locked in a library or something.

(And if you listen to the director's commentary for The Royal Tenenbaums, the scene of young Margo and Richie running away to a museum is an intentional tribute to this book.)


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  • i totally remember reading this book and wondering what it would be like to live this urban survivalist existence in a museum. i still think of it when i see a fountain full of change.

    By Anna, at 4:03 PM  

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