The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are going to visit another one of Grandfather’s friends. This friend lives in a house with a name, Shadowbox, and the house has a runaway ghost, but it turns out it’s actually a painting of a cow. The cow was named Buttercup and she ran away. There is something mysterious about the painting though. Who painted it and why? What’s with these strange clues the Aldens have found?
What I liked
I liked that this story had a bit of art history in it. Winslow Homer was a real artist. You can Google him. He even painted paintings of several cows, although, none of them sound exactly like the painting in the story.
The idea of an artwork being undiscovered is an actual thing. Sometimes someone finds a Vermeer, or something, in an attic and it’s worth a whole lot of money. More often than not, that found painting is a fake. There are probably a whole lot of Winslow Homer paintings floating around that aren’t “discovered.” As an artist, I can attest to there being large amounts of artwork that doesn’t make it into any official rotation. We generally see the best stuff, not all the practice sketches and artwork made for families.
What I didn’t like
Shame on someone for trying to switch out a painting worth lots of money with a fake, but good job for being good enough to deceive some people.
I wish I could find a painting worth lots of money.
If you found an expensive piece of artwork, would you keep it or sell it?
Would you have a pet cow?