^ Another great one from that series is the one where Natalie Springer says "I want to write a story about a dog named Barf." I am always like, where did that come from? ;D That is in the book Teacher's Pet, I think. Speaking of those stories from the Ms. Colman's books while in this thread brings up the interesting possiblities of how Jeff and the triplets - mature "sitters" that they were might have reacted if a kid they were sitting for said something like that. ;D
Just reread this one and liked it a lot more than usual. Still don't care for the plot and don't like the subplot (I hate ones where the parents won't pay and the girls have to earn their own money - I guess I'm spoiled because I can't relate at all. ;D) What I liked this time was the characters and the relationships. Especially enjoyed seeing Jeff making an effort to be nice to Richard and the Schafer-Spiers getting along well. Also liked MA bringing up the stuff that seemed unfinished after Farewell Dawn and liked the mention of Stacey and Dawn (though just very brief mention in the description of the girls) sharing the bond of being divorced kids.
Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Nov 23, 2007 23:36:45 GMT -5
Speaking of books that mention "fart", the entire Kids in Ms. Colman's book Author Day is built around the fact that Ricky Torres accidently reads a book as "the dog farted across the lawn" instead of "darted". I love that book.
Lol, I only read one Kids in Ms. Colman's Class book. I definitely want to read this book!
Post by Penny Lane on May 12, 2008 11:23:26 GMT -5
Does anyone else think that if the BSC hadn't been able to make the money that there parents would have paid anyway? I'm sure my parents would have, but they've never really made me earn money for school trips and things myself anyway. I'm rather surprised that the school didn't make everybody participate in some fundraisers, it seemed like I was always being forced to sell candy or magazines or wash cars for various things. By sell candy and magazines, I really mean bring the forms home and ask my parents/grandparents to buy a magazine.
I think this book points out the obvious: girls mature faster then boys. I mean, duh, you wouldn't actually have 10 year old boys babysit a 9 year old or a baby. But somehow it seems okay for an 11 year old to watch a 10 year old. Whatever. I'm just going with the girls mature faster bit.
The food that Dawn made to sell sounded really good.
Oh, and since when did Mary Anne have pierced ears?
Post by nothingtolose18 on May 12, 2008 13:32:31 GMT -5
I think the part about raising money themselves was realistic, though their parents probably would have paid for the rest of it in the end if they really didn't have it. When I was in grade 9 a few of the students got to go to St. Pierre and I was one of the lucky ones chosen. My two best friends at the time also got to go, and the deal was that our parents paid for some of it and we raised the rest. We ended up getting a laundry basket and filling it with a whole bunch of things like kitchen supplies and the like, some of which was donated and some which we bought. We ended up selling 600 tickets on that (200 tickets each at $1 per ticket) so that covered our expenses (though my father gave me some spending money).
Anyway, the book. I think I've only read this book once or twice, because I can't remember much about it. I do remember that I really liked it, though. And agree about girls maturing faster than boys. I think Vanessa would have done a better job than the triplets, though I wouldn't get a 9 year old to babysit for my children (if I had any, I mean ;D). What I mean is that she would have been more mature. Seemed weird that the triplets and Jeff would be interested in babysitting, anyway.
Speaking of those stories from the Ms. Colman's books while in this thread brings up the interesting possiblities of how Jeff and the triplets - mature "sitters" that they were might have reacted if a kid they were sitting for said something like that. ;D
I'm sure if that would have happened, the triplets and Jeff would have probably laughed and encouraged the kid to say more ;D
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I don't think the triplets and Jeff were old enough to babysit nine year olds, but I don't get why Ann (or the ghostwriter) made such a big deal of Dawn telling Jeff that he and the triplets were too close in age to the charges because Mallory and Jessi are only a year older than they are.
Post by fluffycakes on Feb 1, 2009 17:42:56 GMT -5
Bringing up an old thread...
I just re-read this one, and liked it as usual. It sort of struck me that there wasn't really a sub-plot. Or maybe I just can't tell the main plot from the sub-plot. At any rate, I like how the two plots are really intertwined with one another without feeling too forced.
A thought - why didn't they just let the BITs sit with them without payment? Given the circumstances, they could've just said come along with us for free and be grateful we're letting you come at all, instead of giving them 25% of each job earning. Oh well. I guess they had to in order to create conflict.
Proof that Sharon definitely is on something - she suggests a sailing trip to (on?) Long Island Sound...but isn't that where Dawn and Claud and the others were shipwrecked in SS 4? Nice.
The sleep-over in a haunted art gallery cracked me up. But I can't remember - did the BSC ever put on a haunted house like Kristy said they did? I know the WLKC did one in California, but can't remember when the BSC did one.