#TBT: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

from-the-mixed-up-filesHappy Thursday! It’s late in the day but the long-awaited #TBT is here!

Title: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler //E. L. Konigsburg, published 1967

Memories: I remember loving the idea that these two young kids ran away from home to LIVE IN A MUSEUM AND DIDN’T GET CAUGHT. I mean seriously. As an oldest child with little brothers, I totally sympathized with Claudia and was all in for her and Jamie’s adventures. I do not recollect much about the children meeting Mrs. Frankweiler herself…clearly the museum was the focus of my childhood reading.

Thoughts as an adult: This is still a super fun book but so totally unrealistic, especially now with the Internet and cell phones and the like. I found Claudia to be more annoying and Jamie way more clever than I remember, probably because I recognize how much I am like Claudia in reality…Either way, I loved that the whole book is a big long letter/document from Mrs. Frankweiler herself (didn’t catch that the first time) and the children’s time in the museum was still so delightful to read.

Does it hold up? Yes, I think so. As long as you recognize how it is dated and the element of fantasy in it, I think it’s a great book for young and old. Mrs. Frankweiler is sassy and the children bring a nice balance of utter adventure and painstaking practicality. Definitely a classic!

Next week’s #TBT will be On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in the comments or on Twitter @EMurch.

Until next time, happy reading!

–Erin

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