Lily affectionately refers to her great aunt as Mrs. Basil E. as she carries the same whimsy as the fictional character and used to send her on scavenger hunts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, like the the book.
What it's about: When Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she chooses someplace comfortable, beautiful, and elegant — the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She invites her younger brother Jamie and once they arrive, they find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction. Despite the low price tag, it may be early work of the Michelangelo, leading the siblings to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue.
Get it on Amazon for $9.98.