Post by sparklymouse on Jul 17, 2012 13:14:03 GMT -5
People complain about that pony all the time! Lol. I still believe that Watson just liked animals and wanted to do a nice thing for it. Karen got no real pleasure from it. She only even saw it a few times.
Wasn't Stacey's manager at Toy Town named April Frenning? She had Sandy, her 2 year old (or less, not sure we ever were told his exact age) son. That was the first thing I thought of when Leah Frenning was introduced. I did think the costume helpers was a very cute idea and would have liked reading about at least one other kid from Ms. Colman's class helping a Kindergarten student. I also thought it was sort of odd there wasn't a mention that Mr. Berger's class was helping the other K class. It seems there are 2 classes of each grade at Stoneybrook Academy.
The candy scenes made me think of my Grandma along with another family member both of whom probably could at least match if not surpass Claud's candy love. I have no doubt they would have won the contest, telling all the neighbors about the merits of each chocolate! In fact, I was a little surprised (yes I know this is a LS book) that Claudia was not involved at all. I think it would have been hilarious having her help the Three Musketeers.
The fight. I will just say ITA with everyone else who said it (loved your example conversation dialog btw, Scrounge) that Karen and Pamela got the same punishment at school. I also think it was a bit odd that Pam's parents did not call Lisa or Seth or vice versa. I can imagine Pam asking them not to (embarrass her) but they (especially L and S) should have. I did though love the shared ghost costume.
ETA: On inconsistency is that Polly from Polly's Fine Candy is friendly in this one and came across as much younger. I had thought Stacey described both Polly and her sister (in The Truth About Stacey) as elderly and not much caring for kids) Though maybe they wanted to do a good community service in this one.
Sorry for the double post. I just finished re-reading this and really liked it. My comments above are still the same. I was wondering about Andrew's train costume. Karen tells us that he wears a big cardboard box around his middle as the engine and then (I think) two smaller boxes behind are attached to that. How did that work? I'm remembering Jackie as a home-made robot in a BSC book and how that didn't work (I believe Jackie wore the boxes snowman-style). It sounded cute and I was loved when the neighbor lady (next to Bobby's house) recognized Andrew as the "Little Engine." Nice to have a shining Andrew moment. I also thought it was sweet that Lisa took a whole roll of pictures and mentioned that Seth would want to see Karen and Andrew's Costumes. Karen was a Wild Thing, btw. Nancy was dressed as an apple with a worm. That sounded cute (as a costume not reality)! and reminded me of a poster I made eons ago for school that showed a rotten apple with a worm. One Pamela plus I noticed this time around was that she was the one who first admitted that perhaps both she and Karen got one another in trouble. Pamela took that step to call a truce. I admired her for doing that. I loved how she and Karen were a secret ghost, too.
I reread this and really enjoyed reading about the Andrew and Karen's costume making and also Karen helping Leah. One thing I did notice this time around was Karen tells us (about the costume contest at school) that 3 kids in each class will be awarded a prize. We never hear of the second class in in any grade with the exception of Mr. Beger's room. We hear how Leah and some of her classmates win prizes and how the KIMCC do the same but never who won in Mr. Berger's room or the second K room. I realize this was most likely done to not have to introduce the other characters. The LS and especially KIMCC (wish there had been more, of both really and of course, BSC) books mean so much to me. I do wish we had gotten to read a little more about Mr. Berger's kids. I think that could have opened up more story-lines for the KIMCC, too. In this book I really did want to know if Mr. B's kids were helping the other K class with their costumes. It does sound as though there are 2 classes (an A and a B) of each grade at Stoneybrook Academy. Cheers for Andrew the Little Engine
Post by nancydawes on May 13, 2014 21:43:22 GMT -5
It's funny I actually made a list of all of the students mentioned throughout the series as we actually do know all of the students in Mr Bergers room. I wish there were more books that they were mentioned in.
Post by LadyDruscilla on May 3, 2020 5:33:56 GMT -5
I just read the book and had mixed feelings..like on the one hand, I think Pamela got what she deserved for being such a snot and would have wanted someone to stick it to her sooner..(like the one where she teased Karen about having to play a turkey)..on the other hand I agree that having her not march in the parade is a little extreme..I think telling her she can't use the swing until she learns to share, having her write lines that she wouldn't be a hog or write a note apologizing for being a jerk would have been more appropriate. I wonder which student was practically rejoicing..implying that they would have done it but were scared to or something...and I had to reread the scene in order for it to strike me and I burst out laughing..I know..I'm terrible.
Karen decking Pamela is one of the best parts of this book. I don't get their punishment though, like why not just have them write lines or letters to each other or something else? I would have loved to see everyone's reaction to Karen's wild thing costume.