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The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) Paperback – January 22, 2008
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“Enright has a quick eye for the unexpected, the amusing and the beautiful in what might be just ordinary experiences.” ―The New York Times
“The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant.” ―Publishers Weekly
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To paraphrase, in Dumb Crambo, the players are split evenly into two teams. One team leaves the room while the remaining team chooses a verb. When the first team comes back in, the second team tells them another verb that rhymes with the first verb. The first team must guess the secret verb by acting it out. For example [not the one given], if the secret verb is "fly", the first team might be told "try". If they guess it's "spy", they act out someone spying on someone else. If they're wrong, the second team hisses them. The first team keeps trying until they act out the right verb.
It's called "dumb crambo" because it's a variation of a game called "crambo." In the original, only one person leaves the room and any kind of word may be chosen. The guesser is still told a word that rhymes with the secret word. The trick is that you have to ask questions that might get you the secret word WITHOUT naming the word you're guessing. For instance, if you think the secret word is "bus", you might ask "Is it a big ground vehicle that carries a lot of passengers?"
I think it shows something of the personalities and intelligence of the Melendy children that they would enjoy Dumb Crambo.
It is upbeat, agreeable, and not so deep that one would get bogged down by all sorts of disasters, unfortunate luck, etc that befall many subjects in books for the 8-12 set.
Older readers will also enjoy if you're looking for something breezy.
This story seems as if it really could have happened. It's light and amusing, but with a few serious close calls. Parents will enjoy reading to their youngsters, perhaps a few chapters at a time, and more developed readers on their own, or even as a family this book will be enjoyed on a rainy Saturday afternoon or evening, while taking turns reading aloud.
If you love this book, then you will most likely love the others by this wonderfully talented author.
In sum, it is positive, decent and filled with adventure.
The ending is fantastic.
Mona, Rush, Randy and Oliver Melendy are bored, one rainy Saturday. But then they come up with a unique idea: since their individual allowances aren't enough for them to do anything, they decide to pool them together, and every Saturday one of them will go on a solitary trip. Thus is formed I.S.A.A.C, their secret adventure club.
Using the money turns out to be an adventure in itself: Mona has a shocking makeover, Randy's artistic explorations lead her to an unlikely friendship with an old lady, Oliver gets lost at the circus, and Rush finds a lovable stray on the way home from the "opry." And when they decide to use the money as a group, the kids continue having offbeat problems...
"The Saturdays" is basically a string of short stories -- aside from I.S.A.A.C., there is no real plot. But it's fun to get to know the Melendy family, and watch as they fall out of boats, deal with minor disasters, listen to tales of gypsy kidnappings, and undergo the growing pains of adolescence.
Since the book was written in the early 1940s, there is a charming "old" air to the book, including a dramatic story near the end where the family almost "suffocaters" from coal gas. It was definitely in a safer time, if preteens were allowed to roam through New York. But the stories themselves could take place anytime, and perhaps anyplace -- falling out of boats, getting to know older and wiser people, and taking pity on animals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Enright takes us to a time where life was so much safer for all of us. She was my favorite author when I was a child.Published 10 days ago by Steven B.
My eight year old daughter LOVED this book and went on to read the other 3 books in the "Melendy Quartet." It's a charming story of 4 siblings in 1940's NYC. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MFP
Loved this series! I can't believe it has escaped my notice for the past forty years I have been reading children's literature. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John-Eric
The potential here is good but there are some serious defects. I have not finished the book yet but have encountered disobedience by the children and an account of a child seeking... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pete
The six-year-old brother is portrayed unrealistically babyish for his age (Oliver's supper is before theirs) and my kids found it mockable and wondered how the children in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ann
Love, love, love this series. My mother read them as a girl, I read them as a girl, and now my kids love them. A classic.Published 16 months ago by Mother of Twins
I read the Melendy Quartet several times as a kid, and I just finished reading The Saturdays aloud to my nine-year-old. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Karen K. Hart
One of my favorite series as a kid. I have given this to both nieces and nephews with good results! The Melendy family is still a delight, although a bit dated!Published 18 months ago by jrs3155