Gino’s Book Review: Why I Enjoyed “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”

Happy and blessed 2017 to all. Hopefully, this post will start the ball rolling for this blog that was put on hold for the holidays and CHRISTmas celebration /trip.   I hope I can say that I will attempt  one post a week in 2017 (my husband Gilbert actually suggests 2 short posts a week)as one of my New Year’s resolution.

Well, I’d like then to present my first post for 2017.  It is made possible by my guest blogger, my only remaining homeschooled son , Gino (check what he is up to at IG #ginosgimmicks)! Enjoy!

This is our 4th time to do this book in the Simpao Homeschool !
This is our 4th time to do this book in the Simpao Homeschool !

Claudia Kincaid is an 11-year-old girl who wanted to run away from her monotonous and unfair life at home. She chose her brother Jamie, who was the second youngest of her three brothers to go with her. They both went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and stayed there for a couple of days. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, one of the characters in the story, narrates this book.

I enjoyed this book for several reasons: the first is about Claudia and Jamie’s relationship. Any brother and sister could easily relate to them. Their arguments throughout the book made it very entertaining and amusing. But despite their arguments, they always had to agree or compromise so they could continue their adventure.

The next is the mystery of the story. It added a huge twist in the book. It went from just their everyday lives in the museum to them trying to solve a mystery about the famous artist known as Michelangelo. It made the story a lot more interesting. As a homeschool lesson, it was very helpful because I was also learning about Michelangelo as I was reading this book. We were learning about him through our Read-A-Loud book “Michelangelo” by Diane Stanley.

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A Sonlight Recommendation

I also love how the book is very detailed. The author included many unnecessary, but very humorous parts. Another reason is that the story is told by one of the characters, Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler. She added a lot of funny side comments.

Overall, “From the Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler” is a wonderful book. It is definitely in my top 10 most favorite books. I recommend this book for 10+ year olds. I hope you give it a chance, and love it just like I did.

 

James 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

 

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