Sunday, August 23, 2009
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Reading this book again felt similiar to reading Harriet the Spy to my kids earlier this summer. Both books are great. Both are interesting stories, told well. But this time reading, I just felt like they were old-fashioned. They felt out of date, and I noticed more of a disconnect. It's hard to put into words, but I just wonder if I was reading either of these books for the first time as a child in 2009 if they would be as enjoyable.
(By the way, if Claudia mentions putting on a "petticoat" then the girl pictured on the cover of the book should not be wearing striped tights or Sketchers like my copy.)
Some good quotes:
"She was convinced she would develop a medium-serious skin disease within five minutes after she got off the bus."
"The silence seeped from their heads to their soles and into their souls."
"When you hug someone, you learn something else about them. An important something else."
I do believe literature is timeless, I do. I think so much of this book is amazing. But somehow childrens' literature just seems to feel more dated to me than other books.