Tuesday, January 12, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE MOFFATS by Eleanor Estes

IndieBound Description: Meet the Moffats. There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and-most days at least-the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house...sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; and Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.
Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.

My thoughts: A classic I've reread and loved just as much as the first time--holds up very well and still very relate-able and extremely charming. Estes was a great writer, wonderful at writing child characters. My copy is from the 1960's!

5 comments:

Ann Downer-Hazell said...

I can't remember if I read this one, but I read, and read, and reread, THE MIDDLE MOFFAT. Weird, because I was the younger of two, not a middle!

Karen Romano Young said...

Eleanor Estes is a godlike figure in my life. SO child-centered, SO original and funny and suspenseful. Although I love the books about the Moffats (especially Rufus M.) my heart belongs to three others: Pinky Pye, The Alley, and The Witch Family. And of course the Edward Ardizzone illustrations are a perfect match. Thanks for posting this, Grace! It warms my heart!

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

That's it. I'm paying a visit to my local indie bookstore this weekend for used books. Must... find... vintage.... goodness....

Linda said...

My copy of The Moffats is steel grey and says 1941. I also have an old Ginger Pye - 1951 and Rufus M - 1943!!!! They were weeded by the Lansing library and I got them!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Yee said...

OMG, I love that book. I have a signed copy!!!!