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5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (overnight sleepover!), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E.
Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
If I got to pick
one place in the entire universe to reside in for the rest of my life, I'd be
imprisoned in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This place simply rocks. It's one
of the few buildings in the world that could claim an Egyptian temple, a hall full
of medieval battle armor, and French Rococo living rooms with fancy
jewel-encrusted tea sets, all under one roof.
Although normal visiting hours
are 9-5, the sleuths from The
Mixed-Up-Files mystery get to use this world-class museum as a runaway
hideout. Oh what I would give to have a sleepover here. My pals and I would dress
up in original Chanel and
don samurai swords as we played
rare musical instruments on the rooftop overlooking Central Park. And we'd
solve mysteries too.
4. The Van Gogh Cafe of The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant
Off the I-70 in Flowers, Kansas, there exists a quaint cafe that feels like home to anyone who walks in its
doors. And guess what — the building is saturated in MAGIC. This results in fabulous
other-worldly food, cross-species animal romance, and the occasional movie
star. Think of the setting as sci-fi paranormal meets your local petting zoo,
meets great breakfast. This is just the kind of magical place for a gal like me
who requires a certain level of comfort and a constantly satisfied appetite.
3. Philip Pullman's universe in The Golden Compass by
I just really want a daemon. I would like mine to shift between a panda and
a killer whale, but knowing my luck it'll settle down as a blind mole. I'd also
like to hang out with some talking ice bears.
2. The fifth dimension, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine
In L'Engle’s sci-fi classic, time — the fourth dimension — is just another spatial
direction. We 3-dimensional creatures move back and forth, up and down, left
and right. Four-dimensional folks get backwards and forwards in time.
Fifth-dimensional creatures, like those in A Wrinkle in Time, do some
crazy time traveling and then some, and frankly I get a little motion-sick
trying to imagine it.
Stevie Wonder Song, Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe, illustrated
by Lisa Cohen
Ok, so a
song isn't technically a setting, but one can dream, right? To live inside the
pages of this book would be one trippy geometric funk show. I kid you not: I am
seriously considering taking this book to Kinkos, blowing up some copies, and
covering my room in these vibrant pages, which I consider works of art.
Technically, this is a kids picture book, but it's a great book for a music
fans of all ages. This is my favorite so far of a musical picture book genre
(see When Marian Sang, Duke Ellington:
The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, and Dizzy). It combines eye candy with auditory sensations that make you feel
like you can practically taste the music, and moves your emotions like only a
good song can. Try drawing your favorite song!
are some of my favorite settings I'd like to visit. To what books would you like
— Cindy, Scholastic Staffer