She planned very carefully.

February 25, 2010 at 10:28 am 7 comments

Posted by: Phil McAndrew
Book: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
(purchase on Amazon)

Claudia had planned her speech. “I want you, Jamie, for the greatest adventure in our lives.”
Jamie muttered, “Well, I wouldn’t mind if you’d pick on someone else.”
Claudia looked out the window and didn’t answer. Jamie said, “As long as you’ve got me here, tell me.”

My first illustration shows 11 year old Claudia Kincaid informing her younger brother, Jamie, that she has selected him to accompany her on a great adventure. She plans to run away from home and she wants him to come with her. At first Jamie isn’t terribly interested (Claudia pulled him away from his daily game of war with his pal Bruce to break this news to him), but after some convincing he agrees.

He sat up in his seat, unzipped his jacket, put one foot up on the seat, placed his hands over his bent knee and said out of the corner of his mouth, “O.K., Claude, when do we bust out of here? And How?”
Claudia stifled the urge to correct his grammar again. “On Wednesday. Here’s the plan. Listen carefully.”
Jamie squinted his eyes and said “Make it complicated, Claude. I like complications.”

This seemed like a perfect scene to start with. It paints a terrific picture of the relationship between Claudia and Jamie. Reading this scene, my growing excitement for Claudia’s grand scheme mirrors Jamie’s growing enthusiasm for the adventure to come. As Claudia is trying to sell the plan to Jamie, it’s almost as if she’s attempting to convince the reader: this is going to be good.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah  |  February 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I love that last line about complications – gets me cheering for them every time.

    This is a wonderful project, thank you.

  • 2. Zoe @ Playing by the book  |  February 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I love the facial expressions in the illustration:-)

  • 3. Picture Book Report | Moogy.Org | Blog  |  March 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

    […] From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler […]

  • […] there is lots of art based on this book out there, but my heart belongs to this image from artist Phil McAndrews.  As you can see, it’s from the beginning of the book when Claudia is attempting to […]

    • 5. Misty  |  June 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such brliianlt posts.

  • 6. Firza  |  February 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    jon Posted on Swinging Bridges was the first hike I ever did on Maui, nalery 15 years ago. At the time I didn’t even realize there was any hiking on Maui. Back then I was very much the “What why would you ever walk AWAY from the beach?” mentality… don’t get me wrong I love the ocean more than anything, but Maui’s got variety and it’s nice to explore.

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