I would have been scared if I knew that a rat was running loose in the house! I understood where Nannie was coming from. David Michael was so mean for not telling Karen where Emily junior was. What a brat!
Post by virgoscorpio on Jun 24, 2011 16:34:11 GMT -5
I read this book right after SS #1 - Karen's Wish, and what was cool about it was that it gave off a TOTALLY different holiday vibe.
PJ and Randall were both douche-bags! I thought that part was really random of Ann to put in and spoils her "pristine" vibes of some of the books but also makes the books seem more real -- like they could happen in your neigbhourhood.
"It is important to be on time for any job, even if you are working for a witch." ~ Karen Brewer
Post by wanderingfrog on Mar 21, 2013 20:21:25 GMT -5
It's not fair that Karen and David Michael got the same punishment. Sure, it wasn't nice of Karen to say DM couldn't play with her and her friends, especially considering they'd had a good time solving mysteries together the day before, but the sane thing for DM to do in that situation would have been to tell Watson, Elizabeth, or Nannie. Instead, he kidnapped her pet and let everybody in the family think Emily Junior was missing for four days, and not only was Karen worried, but they wasted all that time looking for her. Hiding Emily for half an hour might be funny. Four days is sadistic. Not as bad as Kerry Bruno, since he always planned to give Emily back, and since he wasn't causing anyone's allergies to act up, but I still think it's a much worse thing to do than not letting your sibling play with you and your friends a couple of times. There must have been times when DM was playing with other guys and they wouldn't let Karen join in.
I LOLed at the part where Karen wanted coffee and doughnuts for her stakeout, though.
"I'm tired of being a lovely lady. From now on I'm going to be a cat." ~ Melody Korman
Listen-through Progress: #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary (November 1989)
I thought the sweetest part and really high-light of this story was when David Michael gives Emily, Jr her mini Christmas tree. I thought that was a nice touch and also a surprise for Karen to see her brother really did care. I wish their Four investigator Agency had lasted. As for Emily, Jr herself, I am not a rat fan! This story reminded me of when I was in college living in the dorms and the craze became snakes! My room-mate at the time ended up getting one despite my protests against it. All I can say it was a very good thing I was not in the room when the snake got loose and under my bed. Thankfully, this room-mate didn't last more than one semester and the snake a couple months. I tell you I respected her pet choice, to each their own but I also did not think it was fair for me to have to live with such a creature. Since there were at least 2 or 3 others in the dorm who didn't care for snakes, maybe those who did have them could have been matched up as room-mates. I guess that might have been too easy a solution. Oh and yes I was very disappointed there was no Snowbound tie in!
Yeah I really liked the part about the Christmas tree, though it was sad they couldn't get the musical pin and Christmas socks. The detective agency did sound fun and I wanted to start one too briefly after that.
Did anyone try the mystery activities in the back of the book?