From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg
I love this book! I also know that I am not the only one who does. I have discussed the merits of this book with a surprising number of fellow admirers. When I recommend it to kids at the library, they typically return with a positive review.
Reasons I love this book:
- Like Claudia, I enjoy the finer things in life. If I were to run away, it would be to someplace classy and easy.
- Perhaps because of this book, I love fiction about art. Others that I enjoy include Chasing Vermeer, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, and Hana in the Time of the Tulips. One exception being the Da Vinci Code.
- The theme of family and particularly the importance of motherhood.
When I worked at the library and had to check the bathrooms every night, this book reminded me to be sure to check every stall. A kid who wanted to sleep with the books might be hiding in there.
And really, who wouldn't want to bathe in a fountain?