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The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) Paperback – January 22, 2008
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Welcome Back! Old favorites are being reissued in force this fall. Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet follows siblings Mona, Rush, Miranda (Randy, for short) and Oliver. First published in 1941, The Saturdays kicks off the series and centers on the foursome's Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.), an allowance-endowed venture formed so one lucky Melendy can enjoy a solo sojourn each week. In The Four-Story Mistake (1942) the family moves from their city brownstone to the country; Then There Were Five (1944) describes what happens when the siblings befriend an orphan; and in Spiderweb forTwo: A Melendy Maze (1951), when everyone else leaves for school, Randy and Oliver are left to solve a mystery. The author's charming pen-and-inks punctuate all four volumes. (Sept.)
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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.