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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
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Aug 31, 2011

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3.5 stars

This is a fun book. Claudia and James' adventure in running away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is never dull and satisfies that part of me that always wants to do things I'm not supposed to, i.e. sleep in a musuem and touch the artifacts. I like the arc of the book, and the ending is quite satisfactory. Our intrepid heroes are well drawn and lovable, and their sibling relationship progresses meaningfully.

Throughout the book, I kept having two thoughts. 1. "They really shouldn't be touching the stuff in a museum." I know, I know; it's a dorky thought. 2. "How can they not be thinking of their parents?" They run away from home for over a week and never call Mom and Dad to tell them everything's OK. Maybe I would have liked this book more if I read it before becoming a parent.

Lots of fun to read. I'll definitely read it to or give it to Violet when she's older.

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