11 February 2008

Ding Ding Ding: Quiz Answers!

I love that two of those books were known by nearly everyone who commented, and that the third was nearly completely obscure. But Melanie got it!!!

#1 is of course Claudia, from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E.L. Konigsburg, 1967). In it, two suburban children run away and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was a suburban child and I wanted to do that - I wanted to sleep in that antique bed, and bathe in the fountains, and hide in the bathrooms.

#3 is Milo of The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster, 1961). Imagine driving through a tollbooth parked in the middle of your own room and ending up elsewhere - ending up in a topsy-turvy and playful world full of numbers and words and puns and riddles and puzzles.

And #2 is the spunky Maria of Mistress Masham's Repose (T.H. White, 1946). Maria's an orphan and discovers that Gulliver's Lilliputians are living on an island in a lake on her dilapidated estate. A spunky orphan! With an evil governess and an indulgent Cook! And little tiny people! And a map on the endpapers! This is an utterly charming book that takes a kernel from Gulliver's Travels and spins it into something completely its own. I found a little essay about it that well encapsulates the whimsy of the book - and I highly recommend it to all.

7 comments:

jen said...

i knew NONE of them but was immensely curious after reading your last post and now will have to familiarize myself.

Melanie said...

Huzzah! I thought so. I wish I still had my T.H. White books, but fear my mom may have donated them. They had the best covers.

And, now that I think about it, fully half of my childhood favorites featured spunky orphans and endpaper maps.

slouching mom said...

It will, I think, be no surprise to you that Frankweiler is one of my two favorite kid books. The other? Harriet the Spy.

And Phantom Tollbooth is up there, too.

nutmeg said...

Can I just tell you, I swat at that damn bug every time I come here! And Frankweiler is my second favorite children's book - after The Prince of the Pond (De Fog Pin) by Donna Napoli. Thanks for the reminder...

niobe said...

I never read the T.H. White book, but, now that you've told us where the quotation comes from, I have a vivid recollection of seeing the book on the library shelves. I think I was put off by the title.

liz said...

I knew the first two but came too late!

I love From the Mixed-up Files...

Janet said...

I knew none of them! That's why I didn't play!

Anyone want to be my friend on GoodReads? No?