(PDF/EBOOK) [Figgs Phantoms] µ Ellen Raskin
Hildren trying to figure themselves out in these "Books Deal With Sometimes Immature "deal with sometimes immature another hallmark of children s literature While there were a few slightly ated andor not politically correct notions floating through The Westing Game Raskin s earlier books exhibit even of these themes And at times the uirkiness and whimsy is a bit muchRead of my review on my booksploitation blog This book was originally reviewed on my blog Books from Bleh to Basically AmazingFiggs and Phantoms by Ellen Raskin won the Nebery Honor in 1975 Four years later she won the Newbery Award for The Westing Game I read The Westing Game several yea I wish Raskin hadn t bothered with the silly names Figgs and Newtons It Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary detracts from the story which is very profound bordering on the philosophical about a girl s coming to terms with theeath of her favorite uncle Raskin s fond of making little inside jokes and puns on pop culture but most of the pop culture references are sadly outdated There are allusions to songs that were on the Hit Parade in the 1930s and 1940s and laudatory references to the works of Joseph Conrad not that Conrad was a
Bad Writer Necessarily But How writer necessarily but how people outside of graduate literature classes read Conrad any I m not sure most undergrads read Conrad except for Heart of Darkness and that seems old old old nowToo bad about the contrived names and the punning It s almost as if Raskin was "ashamed to tell a straight story about how children eal with loss But she was such a good writer she should "to tell a straight story about how children eal with loss But she was such a good writer she should trusted herself This edition has lovely illustrations from Raskin Each page is a treat to look at Maybe when the Newbery club gets around to the year this was honored and I reread it I ll appreciate it better Now I see a The Majors Daughter dark surreal artsy fable I admire it but I reallyon t like it But I feel I should even could in the right frame of mind with the right Miss Shumway Waves a Wand discussion matesThe original cover is brilliant A BW faceless tween girl holding a pink and orange miniatureesert island complete with palm tree and Uncle Flo The other covers that I see here are nonsense and to be avoided cover them while reading if you o read from them I ve read this book many many times and have the ampersand from it tattooed on my wrist Yet somehow I never realized how terrifying this book is Also there is truly no other book uite like this Amazin. His way to Capri the Figg family heaven And that means leaving Mona behind Can Mona find Capri before it's too late or will she learn that things are seldom what they seem when books are involv. .
I on t know This was isappointing I think "OF THE WESTING GAME AS A MASTERPIECE AND BECAUSE "The Westing Game as a masterpiece and because novel was published several years earlier perhaps Raskin just hadn t really achieved full maturity as a writer yetI want to reread it as the beginning was very boring to me and I think I missed some important plot points but the was brimming with so many interesting ideas about books and what exactly they mean to ifferent "people is it escape is it a business venture that just weren t evelopped fully and instead we were just "is it an escape is it a business venture that just weren t evelopped fully and instead we were just too much of the uirky and offbeatGrade B I was interested in reading of Raskin s books after reading The Westing Game and after reading reviews of other books my boys and I have been reading where people made comparisons to Raskin I loved the first half super uirky weird characters the main chara Mona was miserable You would be too if your family consisted of Sister Figg Newton Tap Dancer Baton Twirler and also your mother Truman the human pretzel your uncle Aunt Gracie Jo the The Essential Good Food Guide dog catcher and her son Fido the Second To name a few The only person Mona really gets along with is Uncle Florence the bookealer And he keeps hinting that he may have to leave Mona soon to go to Figg family heaven a place referred to as Capri But where is Capri and why Textbook of Wisdom do all the Figgs go there To find her uncle Mona knows she must find out Figgs Phantoms was and wasn t what I expected I thought it would be uirky and funny and it was Iidn t expect it to mention pornography or have a In Defence of Dogs discussion about the highly charged N word And Raskinoesn t abbreviate it However the context is the main character s horror of it being used in the title of a Joseph Conrad novelThe book was whimsical and zany but it managed to be complex and grown up than I expected both silly and smartI also loved the typography There are reproductions of signs ocuments asides of the townspeople interspersed with the regular text like a Greek chorus and artwork by the author on the part openers Some critics have called it her masterpiece yet there are reasons why it is less fondly remembered A uick search of Goodreads shows readers who love it hate it and just think its weird Much less accessible than her other mysteries Figgs and Phantoms is a ark book that examines a lonely girls searching for a reason to live A curious protagonist Mona From the Newbery Award winning author of THE WESTING GAME clever riddles and wordplay clues to be found and mysteries to be solvedA Newbery Honor bookThe Amazing Dancing FiggsWhile Mona hates al. Igg is the youngest member of the #extended Figg family an eccentric group of former circus performers book collectors car salesmen tap ancers sign #Figg family an eccentric group of former circus performers book collectors car salesmen tap ancers sign and tour guides all seen as failures by the town Already esperately unhappy tragedy strikes when her beloved uncle Florence Figg health begins to fail and he threatens to leave her for Capri What is Capri you ask Well naturally that s where the Figg Family believes they go after eath The uestion for much of the book
"Is What Will Mona "what will Mona if she believes he Uncle has left her Dark and mysterious the book is propelled along in Raskin s tight prose it s amazing how much she is able to put just 150 pages Life eath Joseph Conrad Figgs the fruit along with Raskins signature word play Recommended for sophisticated readers 10 and up Although it may be a less straightforward mystery it is perhaps her most ambitious work Not recommended if your a new reader to Raskin look to her other three novels for a good introduction That being said for the right reader this one is special I paraphrased an old blog post I wrote which has on Ellen Raskin and can be found here To say that I really "like Ellen Raskin s The Westing Game is an understatement I adore that book So when I got copies of "Ellen Raskin s The Westing Game is an understatement I adore that book So when I got copies of other Raskin books The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon I Mean Noel and Figgs and Phantoms in a giveaway I had great expectationsand while these other books exhibit her signature style and illustrations they are not in the same leagueWhile she lives in an eccentric world Mona aughter of Sister Figg Newton and Newton Newt Newton still The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity deals with preadolescentifficulties She is embarrassed and often annoyed by her zany parents She feels that the only person who understands her is her uncle Florence FiggUncle Florence hints that he is soon to leave this world but Mona Penguins Poems for Life doesn t want him to leave her with a tapancer for a mother and an incompetent used car ealer for a father The Figgs escend from circus performers and have their own personal heaven they call Capri Mona finds her way there to search for her beloved uncle and readers can ecide whether Mona is reaming or if her spirit is actually in Capri when she passes outEach writer creates a world and Raskin creates peculiar ones with lots of clever wordplay where loving families are made up of eccentric characters some related and some not L the attention her eccentric relatives bring to her in town there is one Figg family member she likes her Uncle Florence the book Divine Beauty dealer But Uncle Florence keeps hinting that he's going to find.