From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Talk about art imitating life. Konigsburg's whole idea for The Mixed-Up Files began with an article she read in the paper about the Met acquiring a statue for $225. Sound familiar? (Source.)
You might think it's embarrassing when your parents tell stories about you, but in Konigsburg's case, she wrote a whole book based on her kids. She even had them pose for her drawings. Mo-om! (Source.)
If you think the deal that the Met got on the Michelangelo statue was good, check out this lady, who found a Picasso painting for $2 at a garage sale. She definitely got the bargain of a lifetime. (Source.)
If Claudia really thought they could learn about everything in the museum, she'd be in for a rude surprise. The museum houses over two million objects. That's a lot of fancy history. (Source.)
Chances are you don't remember or know what an automat is. And yet Claudia and Jamie are constantly getting food from it. Well, the automat (a kind of hot food dispensing vending machine) used to be all the rage in to-go food.