I wasn't surprised that Karen lied more to keep her stories together. I also wasn't surprised that Karen was busted for lying though. If you lie long enough, people are going to catch something that doesn't match what you said earlier and that's exactly what happenend when Ricky did some research on Bobby Martinez. It was nice of Ricky to try keep Karen from making another lie by being rude to the senior citizen but I'm not sure if a seven year old would be mature enough to do that. I thought it was nice of Charlie not to ask Karen why he had to be Bobby Martinez and sign the baseball with that name.
The only thing this book made me think of was the BSC's "All The Children" band and also "The Buddy Barrett Marching Band," a return of either would have been much more interesting to read about than Karen (though I can't blame her) constantly complaining about Andrew's musical noise-making! This is the subplot of Andrew trying out instruments such as the bugle, Tom Tom drums, and finally the Kazoo. The main story honestly didn't do much for me. I did think it was interesting how Ms. Colman divided up her class to make their presentations at Stoneybrook Manor, smart thinking for both the residents and kids. Not too much of a program or waiting at one time, also maybe made the visits for everyone a little more meaningful.
I think this book suffers from being toward the end of the series. At this point Karen had already told so many lies to her classmates that my sympathy is pretty much zero, and I just kind of think Karen is a brat. I felt bad for Ricky when he spent his own money on a baseball and Karen ruined it with a fake autograph.
"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
Reread this last night and had the thought of how sweet and also funny it would haven been had Karen called the BSC or even just Kristy and asked them (her) to come up with some type of bad for Andrew. A written there really wasn't much point to the sub-plot. We just constantly heard Karen complaining (I really don't blame her) but was glad she did so privately about the racket Andrew was making. Merry has never endeared herself to me and in this she was annoying. Wonderful she did recognize Andrew's interest in music, it just seemed we read only about her talks with a disgruntled Karen than helping Andrew. I was disappointed that there was not one mention of music exploration done at Andrew's school.
I did think Ricky was so sweet to stand up for Karen. The two of them really came across as closer friends in this book which is something we don't always see. Hannie is very observant as she was also the person who knew Karen was copying off Ricky in Karen's Big Lie. I did think Ms. Colman in this book could have helped Karen out a little before the lies kept growing. Not my favorite LS story by any means but a little better this time around.