The Pink Motel

The Pink Motel The moment Kirby and Bitsy arrive with their parents at their newly inherited motel in Florida they know it s an unusual place First of all it s pink Not just regular pink but pink pink PINK Then

  • Title: The Pink Motel
  • Author: Carol Ryrie Brink
  • ISBN: 9780020419402
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • The moment Kirby and Bitsy arrive with their parents at their newly inherited motel in Florida, they know it s an unusual place First of all, it s pink Not just regular pink, but pink, pink, PINK Then there s the roster of regular guests an artist from Greenwich Village, a magician from The World, and a carpenter form Nobody Knows.It s the perfect combination for adventThe moment Kirby and Bitsy arrive with their parents at their newly inherited motel in Florida, they know it s an unusual place First of all, it s pink Not just regular pink, but pink, pink, PINK Then there s the roster of regular guests an artist from Greenwich Village, a magician from The World, and a carpenter form Nobody Knows.It s the perfect combination for adventure from mysterious messages to alligator hunting, dognapping, and Great Granduncle Hiram s rud secret treasure The action at the Pink Motel never stops

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    About "Carol Ryrie Brink"

    1. Carol Ryrie Brink

      Born Caroline Ryrie, American author of over 30 juvenile and adult books Her novel Caddie Woodlawn won the 1936 Newbery Medal.Brink was orphaned by age 8 and raised by her maternal grandmother, the model for Caddie Woodlawn She started writing for her school newspapers and continued that in college She attended the University of Idaho for three years before transferring to the University of California in 1917, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1918, the same year she married Anything Can Happen on the River, Brink s first novel, was published in 1934 She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Idaho in 1965 Brink Hall, which houses the UI English Department and faculty offices, is named in her honor The children s section of the Moscow, ID Carnegie public library is also named after her.

    539 thoughts on “The Pink Motel”

    1. A whimsically light-hearted read--still quite enjoyable and fun! The Pink Motel and all its "odd" guests sounds like a delightful place to visit, and the activities Kirby and Bitsy (the two main protagonists) take part in seem like good fun. Whether tracking a pair of gangsters or being treated to goodies from an artist's hamper, their adventures are always fun and humorous.


    2. I liked this one so much I read it aloud to my kids two times! What a wonderful story of a family who takes over a motel in Florida, complete with eccentric house guests, friendly neighbors, and even criminal types! Our favorite lines come when one of the kids meets a poodle belonging to one of the guests. She tells him the dog's name is 'Pantaloon.' He says, "Nice to meet you, Panty." No, it's "PantaLOON," she replies. To which he responds, "Nice to meet you, Loony." The kids cracked up so hard [...]


    3. One of my favorite books when I first started reading chapter books as a child. The cover on my copy is pink (though rather grubby, as it first belonged to my mother and her siblings).


    4. This was my favorite book as a child, and my brother recently reminded me of it. It's about a family from Minnesota who inherits a pink motel in Florida. Since it was written in 1959, the motel is a series of pink stucco cottages with spanish tile roofs very vintage mid-century. I've just re-read it -- thank heaven for Marketplace -- and loved it just as much. Its language is a little archaic, but in a good way. And the story holds up well.The Pink Motel attracts all kinds of odd types, and the [...]


    5. I last read this maybe 30 years ago and couldn't have told you a thing about the plot so I decided to read it again. I had lots of "Oh, yeah!" moments. "Oh, yeah, a family from Minnesota inherits a Florida motel," "Oh, yeah, the lady and her little show dogs stay at the motel," "Oh, yeah, there are gangsters and alligators and a mystery." It was sweet and I liked it. When I'm 70 and have forgotten it again, maybe I'll read it all over.


    6. I vividly remember Mrs. Hannah, my 4th grade teacher and one of my all-time favs, (1969), reading this book to us. I can still hear her voice and the "crinkle" that the pages made as she turned them. I wish I could remember the content of the story more clearly Think I might have to see if there is a Kindle edition and revisit the past!!! This has to be a 5-Star book if I can still remember it after all this time!!!


    7. This was one of my top 5 favorite books as a child. It's not in print anymore, as far as I can tell, but if you ever see a copy you should read it. It's not the most dramatic plot ever written, but it's such a sweet story and the characters are endearing. I highly recommend for children and adults alike.


    8. Cute story that didn't change my life but did make me yearn for a trip to a less-developed Florida of 50 years ago, with pink motels and coconut shell filing systems.Bought at Willard's Emporium in Mankato.


    9. I have the original hardcover copy of the 1960 edition. I loved this book as a child in elmentary school. I wanted to inherit a pink motel and go to Florida so I could meet all these interesting people. What a great introduction to the world of mystery solving. I have read it over and over.


    10. There's a weird kind of magical thinking in these books that has gone out of fashion these days. Most modern kids books either are firmly rooted in reality or are over-the-top fantastic. This book rides the line in a way you just don't see as much anymore. For instance, the kids teach poodles tricks in hours that would take days or weeks. People do and say things that would be schizophrenic in real life and even the villains are cartoonish and silly. I'm not complaining about any of the above, j [...]


    11. Very cute, a little surreal, more like Baby Island than Family Sabbatical. Honestly, could have done without the magical realism elements, like the Mary Poppins character--because beaches and coconuts and alligators and kids running wild are magical enough on their own--but it was fine. I think this is the third book I've read where a family inherits a motel from a distant relative, which is odd well, one might have been purchased, but same basic plot anyway, surely this is the grand-daddy. I wo [...]


    12. In which the Mellons inherit Great-Uncle Hiram's pink motel and adventures ensue. As Cousin Rose says: "It's a real bright pink, a speaking pink, as you might say. And whether because of the color or because Uncle Hiram was a rather unusual person, it attracted the most unusual guests."Oh yes. The Pink Motel is hilarity from start to finish, peppered with sly asides and running gags. Everyone and everything is slightly overdrawn, a bit exaggerated, larger than life - but they fit the pink, pink, [...]


    13. This was my absolute favorite book as a child. I loved checking the book out at our public library and school library. I so envied Kirby and the fun and adventures he had when his family visited the motel. I still recall the book and it's wonderful, pink cover and, I'm 50! Wish I had that hardcover book in my collection. I do have the paperback, but it's not quite the same.


    14. This was my favorite book as a young girl. I believe I first read it when I was about 8, and that it was my first real chapter book. It set me off on a lifetime of enjoying mysteries. I wonder if it has stood the test of time. It's really fun to see so many others loved it as well.


    15. The first book I always checked out at the library when I moved to a new town, growing up. Just knowing it was there made me feel like this place was "home".



    16. Pink MotelI bought myself a BD present. This was one of my favorite books while growing up. (For those of you who know pink is my favorite color, it was not because of the color in the title). I remember walking to the bookmobile that visited our neighborhood during the summer. This was one of the books I checked out. I often thought about this book over the years wondering what was it that left such an impression on me. I remembered the plot. It is about a family who inherited a pink motel in F [...]


    17. It bothers me to use a 2-star rating for an interpretation of "it was ok", but that's how is set up. With 3 variations to say you liked it, only 1 to say you didn't like it, and 1 to say it was okay. I see 2-stars as below average, but if you click 3 (what should be average or indifferent), then advertises the book on your friends' newsfeeds saying "David liked this book".Oh, the book? Some children's books connect with adult first-time readers better than others. I didn't find this to be one [...]


    18. I loved this book when I was younger. I was talking to my son today and he reminded me about the book. I remember both my son and daughter read it several times. I did too and now, as soon as I can, I look forward to reading it again.



    19. Yes, it's a heartwarming family story, where the family inherits a property and go to clean it up before selling it, and then end up falling in love with it and the kooky characters they meet through it. Trope. But the characters! I love the characters. Are they realistic? Probably not. But I love them anyway. I love the Pink Motel. I love the traces of Great-Uncle Hiram's personality. I even love the coconut shell filing system. There's a little sly humor (like Eleanor Estes and the kids have a [...]


    20. This is an outstanding tale of a family recreating itself in Florida with an odd assortment of characters and a pink motel. The story is geared toward children but it's wry wit is easy to take for any adult. The story is rather original in it's handling and resolution. Nothing heavy handed or action packed. Just a charming little novel that's fun to read.The characters are most of the fun. Each distinct with a voice written as their own.Rink wrote my favorite children's novel and I don't recall [...]


    21. This was another delightful gem from Carol Ryrie Brink. There is a little mystery, but it is a pretty obvious one. The main draw of the story is the cast of loveably eccentric characters and the authentic interactions between the children. I thought it was clever how all the guests' names had something to do with their respective personalities. I don't quite understand why the guests came every year at that particular time, though. There are some plot holes and predictable parts to the story, bu [...]


    22. Growing up I loved this book handed down to me from my mother, who got it in her Weekly Reader Book Club subscription in the 50s's sort of a Patrick Dennis style read for children. I might be overstating things, but I truly believe it has a great message about the joys of being a nonconformist--no small feat for a kid's book written in 1959. Plus there's some magical realism for kids in the form of an amazing bohemian painter crone who is probably a witch. But unfortunately, it hasn't aged well. [...]


    23. I have lovingly saved my copy of The Pink Motelfor around 40 years. It's falling apart. The pages are yellow. It's covered with food stains. It's in horrible condition. I don't remember the last time I read it - many, many years ago. But picking it up and reading it again, the strange characters and mysterious plot slowly seeped back into my brain. I loved this book when I was ten years old, and I can still say I love it now. The Florida setting, the weather vanes, the motel's odd customers, the [...]


    24. I read The Pink Motel (first published in 1959) aloud to my husband over breakfast for a couple of weeks. We chose it because he remembered it as one of his "favorite books from childhood." While he could see how the book's message appealed to him as a child ("Push the boundaries of normal (and boring) and you'll find "interesting!") he didn't think the story passed the test of time. As a first timer at The Pink Motel, I was disappointed at the lack of imaginative language and storyline. So, unf [...]


    25. Notto be confused with The Pink Hotel, (which has a '50s publication date, but which is a distinctly adult novel) this was one of the first 'real' books I learned how to read, and I read it several times in first and second grade. It did not feel dated to me at that time, despite the fact that it had been published a full twenty five years previous. Good, family friendly reading.


    26. This was a book of my mother's and she read it to me when I was little. It's a great mystery about these children whose father inherits a motel and they go down to Florida to run it. The motel is pink and has an unusual guest list, including some unsavory criminals. I have read this numerous times and recommend it to people regardless of age if you're looking for a fun, quick read. My favorite part was definately the pen that wrote in code.


    27. This is one of those books that one ought to read as a child to fully enjoy. As an adult, so many things seem so painfully simplistic and over-telegraphed that it loses some of its charm. Still a fun little read from perhaps the stereotypical "simpler" era of children's books (which, nevertheless, includes capturing alligators and outsmarting gangsters!).


    28. This book inspired me to want to write one myself and even though I never followed through I have very fond memories of this one. It's a good story about all kinds of different people who learn how to get along, accept each other, and understand their differences. A sweet little story with eccentric characters.


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