Everyone who goes into 12 Cobble Lane is telling lies. All of this is world-building, I think, and all of it proves to me that world-building isn't just the setting of a work, and it's not simply the theme. I don't have a whole lot of favorite books so when I say a book is one of my favorites, that means I have a small selection and for some reason this has become one. The book deals in shifting or hidden identities, crime, loss, and the meaning and purpose of art. Art is what the characters talk about and it is how a lot of them make sense of the world.
Perhaps not as much as the Westing Game but it's pretty high up there. What a wonderful, wonderful surprise! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. And again, as far as I currently understand things, having read the book for the nth time this week, the eventual conclusion is so much better than that. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text.
I loved the playful nursery rhymes and the funny sort Ahhh I loved it! All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. I read about a trillion Agatha Christies when I was a child, and those are written for grownups but I remember this kids' book being way more emotionally compelling and intellectually layered. I should reread something of hers. If you can find a used copy, snap it up! This sense of duplicity, of veils and mysteries and disguises and clues, is as much a part of the world-building as the house is.
I strongly urge you to read it should the oppurtunity presents itself-- it's hard to come by this great book now that it is out-of-print. This is a meta-mystery about personal identity - what it means to be a person in the world, how to understand how others perceive you, and the meaning of art. Another fun, slightly melancholy puzzle-mystery by Raskin. I tore through everything they had including The Westing Game and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon I Mean Noel , and after nearly 30 years they still rank among my favorite pieces of juvenile fiction. This one involves an art student who goes to work for a painter with a houseful of secrets, and what happens when they begin to assist the police with weird crimes. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up during the Great Depression. It's happy but nothing really happens that would make it that happy.
Though I'm still a bit confused why Garson overreacted when she was singing Oranges and Lemons song. A fanlisting is just that. One of my favorite kid books to reread. I don't know if it could beat Mara, Daughter of the Nile, but if it can't beat it, it's tied. The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues is the story of teenaged Dickory Dock, aspiring artist, and her mentor, the vain but mysterious Garson. Reader, Garson's house is real.
Can Dickory untangle the web of mysteries within mysteries and discover the true secret hiding on Cobble Lane? The most mature of Ellen Raskin's mysteries though I'm not sure why I feel this way, maybe because Dickory was much older than me the first time I read it, whereas Turtle, and the Carrillon twins were more peers. Back when I read the book as an eight-year-old, my idea of New York was of a magically boundless ultra-modern city in which everyone lived in skyscrapers and got Chinese takeaway all the time in neat little cartons. This time as I read it through I wondered for the first time if Garson was meant to be gay, but besides the stereotypes, I don't know lives in Greenwich Village, 'trim' is used to describe him several times, goes to a gym, other things that are spoilers - the book was written in '75 so who really knows, but it was interesting to read it with that in mind this time. As we watch Home Alone together, she points out the moments where the plot is setting things up and foreshadowing stuff. One chilly morning we turned the corner into the lane, making the journey that Dickory herself makes at the very start of the book, and there was this neat little house, beautiful yet somehow modest and self-effacing. Why are there two easels in the studio, one always kept covered next to a bizarrely dressed mannequin? Garson, in turn, is an intriguing character whose past is tied up with his present.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. The spine may show signs of wear. The main character is 17-year-old art student Dickory Dock, who lives in Greenwich Village with her brother and sister-in-law. Raskin is a master of capturing character with a few deft images, and even the secondary characters benefit from this. Garson and Raskin have left the building, and all that remains are the ghosts. But this is a column on world-building, and what I really want to talk about is how this strange, intricate children's novel builds one of the most interesting worlds I have ever read my way into. In this story, an art student by the name of Dickory Dock a name that makes her cringe thanks to the inevitable puns with it becomes an assistant to Garson, a mysterious and eccentric artist living in Greenwich village.
It's part of why I love it so, so much. Games have a rare power to take us to new places, but they share world-building with many other art forms and disciplines. Watson rapport that Garson and Dickory develop begins to unravel as some threatening signs emerge, involving a blackmailing ring working out of the first floor of the building that houses Garson's studio; the lurking presence, in the basement, of Isaac Bickerstaff, a hulking and crippled deaf-mute whom Garson shelters; and a police investigation of the disappearance and suspected murder of the master painter Edgar Sonnenberg. Centrally, it makes me wonder about what world-building actually is, and how far into the depths of a work it reaches. The first piece in this series, which looks at Michael Marshall Smith's wonderful novel Only Forward, can be found. The story unfolds as a set of episodes, criminal cases which the slick, successful, and shallow New York painter Garson and his student assistant, Ms. This listing was last updated on 09th March 2019 with 2 total members, and 0 pending.