Monday, April 3, 2017

Book Review: The Four-Story Mistake

I loved the introduction from the author and explanation of the character in the beginning of this juvenile fiction book. It made it feel very personal and honest. I really liked the references to family and friends. This helped make this book wonderful. 

This is one of the cutest stories I believe I have ever read. This story really pulled me in from the get-go. I really could feel myself in this story. 

The story follows the adorable and sweet Melendy family. They are moving from the city to the country, and man is it about to be an adventure. I really related to that because I have moved from the country to the city, and then back to the country. We know with the Melendy family it is gonna be a fun time. 

This is such a gentle book. I love that this book series is set in the 1940's which is such a lovely time in the world. I really like how the book captures what childhood is supposed to be about, adventure, magic, wonder, and glorious. The days before we started watching television, and playing with electronics. 

There are four, completely different kids in this story, and each could have a book written about them. The author creates such dynamic and interesting characters. This book is perfect for any child or adult that is full of curiosity and imagination. 

Goodreads Description:

Meet the Melendys! Mona, the eldest, is thirteen. She has decided to become an actress and can recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Rush is twelve and a bit mischievous. Miranda is ten and a half. She loves dancing and painting pictures. Oliver is the youngest. At six, he is a calm and thoughtful person. They all live with their father, who is a writer, and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, who takes on the many roles of nurse, cook, substitute mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet, which captures the lively adventures of a family as they move from the city to the country, are being published in new editions. Each of the books features a foreword and signature black-and-white interior illustrations by the author. Popular artist Tricia Tusa provides irresistible new cover art that will appeal to today's 

A little about the Author: 

Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. The illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of Design in New York City. After creating her first book in 1937, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing. 

Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, starting with The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper's, and The Saturday Evening Post. She taught creative writing at Barnard College. Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright's stories are for both young and the young at heart.

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