From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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Want to dig a little deeper into the imaginative mind of a children's book author? Scholastic has all the dish on E.L. Konigsburg.
Thinking about running away? Or, um, taking a field trip? Check out the official website of the Met, and get to know Claudia and Jamie's world a little better.
You have to admit, Michelangelo's a pretty big deal. If you want to look at his paintings and sculptures and learn more about his life, you just need to head on over to Italy. Oh, we mean this website.
Movie or TV Productions
From the Mixed-Up Files gets the big screen treatment—as well as a hearty dose of 90s fashion—in this 1995 film adaptation of the book.
This 1973 film adaptation stars the legendary Ingrid Bergman as Mrs. Frankweiler. Pretty big deal, if you ask us. The title is appropriately changed to The Hideaways. Easier to write on an Oscar statue, we guess.
Articles and Interviews
In this interview, E.L. Konigsburg gives us some insights into her writing process, how her kids influence her novels, and bonus, her very own mixed-up files.
Konigsburg's advice to writers? Simple: "Finish."
Are you skeptical that this was based on a real story? (We were.) Well, take a gander at this old New York Times article that discusses how the Met acquired a statue for $225. It may not be made by Michelangelo, but it's still a masterpiece.
Straight from the Internet, here's a clip from the 1973 movie. What do you think: is it up to snuff?
Need to rest those tired eyes? You can still catch the rest of the book in its handy-dandy audiobook form.
In this old-school book cover, Claudia and Jamie are about to embark on their adventure. We can't wait to join them.
Wow. Take a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in all its glory. Not a bad place to bum around in for free, huh?
This is Sigourney Weaver. Oh, we mean E.L. Konigsburg. Wait… who is this?
The angel statue in the book might not be real, but that doesn't mean that Michelangelo wasn't a total boss at sculpture. Take a look at one of his most famous works, the Pietà.
Bet you didn't know that E.L. Konigsburg could draw, too. She illustrated the pictures inside the book, like this one of Claudia picking out a super elegant bed to sleep in.
Here's a vintage movie poster from the 1973 version of the film. Ingrid Bergman still looks like a totally glamorous movie star.
Here's a real life image of the fountain that Claudia and Jamie bathed in at the Met. No wonder they didn't need to worry about money so much after they found the fountain.