The Midnight Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden children are going to an invention convention. The idea is that people can enter inventions and other people will look at them. They’re staying at a locally famous inventor’s house. There are all sorts of interesting things there. There are clocks that do things that clocks don’t normally do.
The children find a book of rhymes, for children, which seem kind of nonsense, but when they start hearing about a plan book that is missing, the Aldens start poking around. The rhyme has something to do with 12 o’clock. Which clock? Which 12? What’s going on?
What I liked
I like the idea of being creative and inventing things. I consider myself highly intelligent and I like the idea of being an inventor. My boyfriend, Grizzly Pirate Wynn, recently lost his father, who was an inventor, like a real-life, honest to God, inventor. Hearing about all the things he’s invented, make me feel like a slacker. I’m not an engineer, by any means, but I wouldn’t mind being an inventor.
I think it’s great that this book encourages kids to wonder how things work and wonder if they can make something better.
What I didn’t like
As usual, there was some fuddy-duddy who decided that they had an issue with something someone else was doing and tried to cause problems.
How about just not being a jerk? It could solve a whole lot of problems.
I would hide something weird in a clock.
What would you invent, if you could?
Is science an area you feel children should be more encouraged in?