At Last She Found A Bed That She Considered Perfectly Wonderful
Posted by: Phil McAndrew
Book: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (purchase on Amazon)
Hello! Apologies for my absence during the month of April. My former computer decided that it no longer wanted to turn on shortly before I was due to post. It’s okay though! I have a new computer now and two months worth of material to share! First is my illustration for April (up above).
They wandered back to the rooms of fine French and English furniture. It was here Claudia knew for sure she had chosen the most elegant place in the world to hide. She wanted to sit on the lounge chair that had been made for Marie Antoinette or at least sit at her writing table. But signs everywhere said not to step on the platform. And some of the chairs has silken ropes strung across the arms to keep you from even trying to sit down. She would have to wait until after lights out to be Marie Antoinette.
At last she found a bed that she considered perfectly wonderful, and she told Jamie that they would spend the night there.
Claudia and Jamie have successfully made it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they’ve planned to hide out. On their first day they wander around the museum, blending in with the crowds and scoping out the joint. When the museum closes, they hide out in the bathroom stalls until the staff leaves.
As Jamie got into bed, he still felt uneasy, and it wasn’t because he was worried about being caught. Claudia had planned everything so well that he didn’t concern himself about that. The strange way he felt had little to do with the strange place in which they were sleeping. Claudia felt it, too. Jamie lay there thinking. Finally, realization came.
“You know, Claude,” he whispered, “I didn’t brush my teeth.”
For the month of May I decided to try something a little different. If I were actually creating illustrations for this book, I’d want to sprinkle little spot illustrations throughout the text. Tons of them. Little maps and diagrams and notes and drawings of important objects. Here are a few examples…
Jamie, the chosen brother, didn’t even care for hot fudge sundaes although he could have bought one at least every other week. A year and a half before, Jamie had made a big purchase; he had spent his birthday money and part of his Christmas money on a transistor radio, made in Japan, purchased from Woolworth’s. Occasionally, he bought a battery for it. They would probably need the radio; that made another good reason for choosing Jamie.
“My compass. Got it for my birthday last year.”
“Why did you bother bringing that? You’re carrying enough weight around already.”
“You need a compass to find your way in the woods. Out of the woods, too. Everyone uses a compass for that.”
“What woods?” Claudia asked.
They got the New York Times the next day. Neither Claudia nor Jamie bought it. The man who left it on the counter while he was looking at the reproductions of antique jewelry bought it. The Kincaids stole it from him. They left the museum immediately thereafter.
Claudia read the paper while they ate breakfast.
This last spot illustration jumps ahead in the story just a little. Claudia and Jamie are searching for information on something in the paper, something that they encounter in the museum. I hint at it a little with the headline towards the bottom of the second column: Record Crowd Views Museum Bargain. This object becomes an obsession for the two Kincaid children and will be introduced in my illustration for June!
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