#800 The Midnight Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Midnight Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Midnight Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden children are going to an invention convention. The idea is that people can enter inventions and other people will look at them. They’re staying at a locally famous inventor’s house. There are all sorts of interesting things there. There are clocks that do things that clocks don’t normally do.

The children find a book of rhymes, for children, which seem kind of nonsense, but when they start hearing about a plan book that is missing, the Aldens start poking around. The rhyme has something to do with 12 o’clock. Which clock? Which 12? What’s going on?

What I liked

I like the idea of being creative and inventing things. I consider myself highly intelligent and I like the idea of being an inventor. My boyfriend, Grizzly Pirate Wynn, recently lost his father, who was an inventor, like a real-life, honest to God, inventor. Hearing about all the things he’s invented, make me feel like a slacker. I’m not an engineer, by any means, but I wouldn’t mind being an inventor.

I think it’s great that this book encourages kids to wonder how things work and wonder if they can make something better.

What I didn’t like

As usual, there was some fuddy-duddy who decided that they had an issue with something someone else was doing and tried to cause problems.

How about just not being a jerk? It could solve a whole lot of problems.

Overall

I would hide something weird in a clock.

Weigh In

What would you invent, if you could?

Is science an area you feel children should be more encouraged in?

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Ashe is the primary author and creator of One-elevenbooks. The project was created in 2011 as a personal challenge to Ashe. She believes it has tremendously helped her writing and story telling skills. She hopes to one day get paid to sit in a corner and read and draw, but traveling is good too. Ashe is a life-long artist and writer with bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts and Information Technology.

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