I just read this one and really liked it. Claud's level of dumbness was uncharacteristically low. I enjoyed the girls' friendship with Grace (no Cokie around - thank goodness) and the kids' restaurant, though the menu for their parents did sound exceptionally gross (nice thought, though). It was cute how Jackie wanted to bake too and how Shea was on Claud and MA's team. One thing I wondered though was about Mary Anne being a cook since I thought I remembered a book that said she could sew but not cook - the book where she is failing Home Ec because she can't make Jello. But I guess Jello isn't cooking. Anyone remember what book this was so I can refresh my memory?
Also in MA's Portrait, she gets mad when her grandmother is constantly forcing her to help her cook and she's bad at it - eventually throwing a hissy fit. Then her grandmother gets all emotional and says that her mum was just the same, liked to sew but hated cooking... very strange as Alma's chocolate cherry cake is meant to be so amazing
1) never go into a contest blind. If you've made your cake up, but never tried it before the contest you're setting yourself up for failure.
2) I would advise against wearing cowboy boots in a kitchen. They tend to be slippery... you might step in a puddle of egg yolk and vegetable oil and woosh! down you'd go... thus blowing your chances with team "cute boy"
Post by sugarmonkey on Aug 15, 2007 8:45:10 GMT -5
I really really want some chocolate cherry cake now that I've finished with this book. I did enjoy this one even though I'm not much of a baker. I have to admit though that I skimmed the daycare chapters and skipped the restaurant all together. I just didn't care what a bunch of little kids served their parents.
My mind is in chaos and its only cure is your banging it against a headboard-Mary Ann, Amsterdam! Amsterdam!
I'm getting ready to reread this one and actually always really like the daycare chapters. For some reason, I usually enjoy reading about sitting for large groups of kids. I thought the restaurant was a cute idea, too. Truthfully, I always get more into those chapters than into the actual mystery but I do like reading about the cooking contest and Claud and MA working together. Is this the one where Grace is okay to the BSC and helps them solve the mystery?
I know ages in Stoneybrook are all wacky and stuff, but nine-year-olds baking by themselves (kind of)?
Then again this is the world where a two and a half year old and a five year old can cook chocolate chip cookies without a recipe
Also what about that weird subplot with the kid (who according to the BSC is going to be a real heartbreaker some day...) who blames everything on his sister, doing really random stuff like leaving the water running and stealing a calculator...
Post by fluffycakes on Jan 17, 2008 21:28:41 GMT -5
^ I didn't. It was also so obvious that it was actually Kyle doing all of that bad stuff. (At least, it was to me
Besides the boring subplot, I liked this one. Though I think they were so stupid for letting Claud be in charge of the recipes, especially when she's inventing them out of nowhere and has no experience baking whatsoever. Like others have said, I liked Claud's friendship with Grace. Shea was really cute, and I loved reading about Logan, Austin (who I have a random crush on!) and Kerry. Mari seemed like an interesting character, I love how she turns up in Aloha Baby-Sitters and Math Whiz later on. ;D
One thing I found interesting as well was how this was the last mystery with the original club members in tact. It must've been right between Stacey and the Bad Girls, since Stacey was in the club but on probation, and Farewell Dawn, since Dawn was still in the 'Brook. I don't know why, but it almost made me sad thinking this is the last mystery before Dawn left and Abby took over. But I've been in a weird mood lately, so that's probably why I think it's sad.