I liked reading about the magic show since I like magic shows and I like that Karen and Andrew got a magic trick set since when I was approximately their age, I received a book which explained magic tricks and how you could perform various magic tricks. I think that when they would be older, they could enjoy watching Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, in which the methods behind magic tricks are explained.
ITA Virgo, Mr. Wizard looks to be mid thirties at most, probably younger. He could be half of his sister's age. How old do all of you think Mrs. Porter is? In the picture of her in this book with the gray big hair (page 39) she looks a little younger than she did (same hair) in Karen's Cartwheel (page 80) when she shows Karen photos of her (Mrs. P) skating and possibly also acting. I did love how Karen helped Andrew get his penny back by consulting Mr. Wizard and good for him for going along with it. I was never that into magic, the only trick I remember having was one of those flat wooden coin boxes that made a quarter "disappear" The coin would slide into the other side. Does Stoneybrook Academy go through 8th grade? In this book the oldest rep seems to be in 6th. I remember reading in Karen's Pen Pal mention of an 8th grader. Until that book, I had always thought (assumed) it was similar to SES K-5th grade. I know Stoneybrook Day School goes from K-12th grade.
I reread this after "Karen's Candy," thinking there might have been an additional Halloween mention (there wasn't). Love how Andrew is more prominent in this story and it was awesome that Watson took Andrew, Karen, and David Michael to Mr. Wizard's show. I wish there had been more scenes of Watson doing something with David Michael. I know he helps DM a lot with computers in "Pen Pal." I'm glad DM (and all the Thomas kids) had Watson and vice versa.
In this book there is a 6th grade rep to the Fun Night Committee. There is no mention of any kids older than that. I think (the heat has melted my memory already) in "Karen's Candy," there may have been 6th graders too, not sure. I am almost certain in the KIMCC "Twin Trouble," there were. Maybe Stoneybrook Academy in some most books is K-5th and others as needed includes older kids.
Funniest part of this story is when Karen reminds Watson to contact MR. Wizard about returning Andrew's souvenir penny and Karen imitates her idea of what Andrew will sound like as a "very old man," by asking, "where is my penny." The image of that makes me laugh. I'm glad Mr. Wizard did indeed return Andrew's penny and in a clever way thanks to Karen's "payment" idea. Karen really can be a great big sister.