Publish date- June 24, 2015. (Originally published in 1967)
Publisher- Pushkin Children's Classics.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
A brother and sister make a plan and decide to run away from home. But they can't run away without having somewhere to run to, and the obvious choice? The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where they will have many a fascinating adventure and surprising discovery.
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for this review copy!
Image source: Allen and Unwin.
What I thought:
This has a stunning cover. The colour. The typography. It is the type of cover that could get me really worked up over how gosh darn fantastic it is. And it also depicts the story so well. The children do look a little... oddly shaped, but it's fantastic overall! What more could one ask?
This was my first time reading this book, a classic, and as I read I got the feeling it would turn out to be an okay book. I'd like elements of it, like Claudia reasoning as to where she'd run away to, but then it also wasn't really captivating or powerful.
Oh. Let us all laugh, loudly, at my ignorance. How hopeless I was. Ridiculous, really, that I couldn't see how gosh darn joyous a read this was going to be.
The story goes along and the siblings bicker a bit and they sleep in the Met museum and become independent but also dependent on each other, and then there are these moments, out of nowehere and everywhere, that describe what Claudia is waiting for, the change she yearns to feel that'll make her different from how she was, moments where the siblings companionship, their being a team, are painted, and it's so simple and yet so utterly gorgeous. And you just hang off every other word because once you've seen that special moment you realise that they're all around and you just needed to see a bigger one to be able to realise the smaller ones.
It's got such an interesting plot, too, that follows the siblings trying to discover whether a sculpture of an angel is by Michelangelo and the mystery of their search. It weaves in and out of the story artfully and, although wasn't the main focus, was so important to carrying the story along.
Rating: Ooh, very good.
Surprising, subtle and exquisite. This was fairly gorgeous, all things being considered. AND NOT JUST ON THE EXTERIOR.