Post by booboobrewer on Sept 30, 2010 22:51:04 GMT -5
I was looking forward to reading a Halloween LS I hadn't read before, but this one was really boring. And the ending--Karen thinking about planting Kong's seeds so they would have his "children" the next Halloween? Seriously?
"I love pink and gold. I also like to eat." -Julie, Claudia and the Missing Jewels
Is this the one where the kids go out and celebrate Mischief Night the night before Halloween?That's not something I ever heard of, but I grew up in Montana and Wikipedia seems to show that Mischief night is a tradition in only some parts of the U.S. I was a bit surprised at that aspect of the story. Normally it seems like something the parents of Stoneybrook would have completely disallowed.
I really liked the bit in this book where Karen is selling pumpkins to her classmates. I thought it was cute. I also liked Pamela being snotty and choosing the tiniest pumpkin. Pamela makes me laugh.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding
If Mischief Night is the night before Halloween then what are you supposed to do on Halloween?
Trick or treat.
I had never heard of Mischief Night either, scrounge, because I grew up in the south and it seems to be more of a tradition in the east. It came up again in Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade, with Cary and his "Mischief Knights."
Oh, and Karen and her friends wrote "hello" in shaving cream on the sidewalk...yeah.
Post by virgoscorpio on Mar 30, 2011 22:29:48 GMT -5
Mischief Night occurs where I am. I thought it was odd how Ann was trying to talk about the reality of Mischief Night while at the same time tring to play a "moral card" by having Karen and her friends go out on Mischief Night but not do any "serious" damage. (i.e. - shaving cream on the sidewalk and egg on the road or something).
Also, that's terrible that people actually broke into the backyard and smashed the pumpkins. I'm surprised that Karen didn't decide to sleep outside *that* night -- or at least keep guard with her family.
Post by virgoscorpio on May 2, 2012 22:10:17 GMT -5
^ LOL! You're totally right on both accounts (that she should have brought the pumpkin inside and the salad prep comment). But doesn't she say some lame comment about how it might grow overnight? And that she won't be in the Guiness Book of Records?
This is one of my favourite autumn LS books. I like when Karen describes Indian Summer; the day when she sees the pumpkin smashed on the sidewalk, thinks its Kong, and goes out to find him and there's frost on the ground but during the day it warms up and turns hot out, so hot that she wants to sleep outside (unsuccessfully).
"It is important to be on time for any job, even if you are working for a witch." ~ Karen Brewer