^I never thought of it that way, you're so right. I DID just read "Mallory and the Mystery Diary" where Mal encourages Buddy to enjoy reading through a variety of materials. If Claud's parents ever realized/listened to how much she enjoyed the stories, surely even discussing the stories would have made Claud feel really good. Her mom could have even read one of the books with her. Yeah in time, maybe Mrs. Kishi would have come upon (perhaps even through one of the kids at the library) a book she thought Claud might also like. That would be a much kinder way of trying to get Claudia to enjoy other types of books than "banning" (which I don't believe they ever did) Nancy Drew!"
It really would, but because of her attitude, poor Claudia has to hide her habit of reading, something her parents want her to do, all because of the series she chose. It really does create a barrier between the two that was not there with her and Mimi. Anyways, it was Janine that first bought Claudia a mystery book for her 6th birthday, so if Rioko wants to blame anyone....
I read this book for the first time this past week, and incidentally one night I was making bread and my dough didn't rise. At all. That's the first time that's ever happened to me, but I don't think I was being sabotaged, I think I was just using old yeast.
I thought this was one of the better mysteries, but it did annoy me that so much sabotage happened without being caught - like someone's timer being changed without anyone seeing it. When you have three people on your team, it is NOT difficult to have someone in your station at all times!
I also thought it was stupid that Claudia would have a credit card charm (from Stacey) to signify her love of shopping. A credit card charm sounds stupid; it would just look like a little silver rectangle, and would a 13-year-old really have used a credit card at all? A little shopping bag (like this) would make more sense and look better.
Although now I just went and looked on Google Images for credit card charms, and to my surprise they DO exist. Can't celebrate consumerism much more than that...
"This is what us sitters like about Mallory. She is totally levelheaded." - Claudia, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye
Post by booboobrewer on Dec 9, 2012 17:50:01 GMT -5
Yeah, a shopping bag would have fit her better. I can see Stacey thinking a simple silver rectangle would look sophisticated I have little pink credit card and shopping bag charms, cheap ones (they were part of a Secret Santa gift, I think), but I wouldn't put them on my own bracelet since they're so young-looking...Claudia might like them though
I've been reading some of the food related books (Karen's Candy and Cooking Contest, recently read KIMCC Holiday Time, too) so wanted to check this mystery back out. It is still one of my favorite mysteries. I love how Shea was a part of Claudia and MA's team and also thought Austin Bentley sounded like a good guy for joining Logan and his sister Kerry. Maybe because I had just finished "Cooking Contest," yesterday, I had the thought that it would have been fun had the contestants gotten to mingle and try each other's entries out, maybe Claudia could have chatted more with Mickey Stone, the cute boy on team 6 that way, too. The other thought I had this time around was that quite a few (more than I had remembered) of the BSC's charges parents that participated in the contest were: Mr. Johanssen, Mr.Rodowsky, and even Mrs. Newton. Jamie was so cute at the opening of this book and when he shared that his "mommy bakes cupcakes." I imagine Mrs. Newton did enter cupcakes in the contest and that they turned out awesome.
Anyway, wow, on page 35 where Claud shares with us Kristy's team notes, I see that the Arnold twins plus Hannie and Linny were part of the daycare so that means one of their parents entered too. I wish we had gotten to read about one BSC parent team, that would have been a great way to get to know the parents a little better and have been a more visible way of tying in the kids kitchen--which I thought sounded like a lot of work but fun, too. Loved the sandwich shape choices Cute story minus the sabotage and oh I almost forgot I was touched when Claud said she was going to write a thank you note to MA's Grandma for sharing the recipe, I hope she did do that and maybe Verna even wrote back or at least passed along a message for Claud to MA.
I don't even like cherries and I feel the same way about wanting some delicious chocolate cake, but with strawberries on the side I would have loved to see a watercolour picture of the cake Claudia was thinking of making for the card
It's probably too late but a book dedicated to Claudia's artworks throughout the series would have been really nice! Fans could have done fan-art imagining how they pictured what they read, and the best entries would make it into the book, and the winners would receive free copy of the book along with a meet and greet with Ann, and it would be good artist exposure for whoever made it.
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Post by Sideshowjazz1 on Jun 11, 2014 3:32:52 GMT -5
Oops! I thought there wasn't a thread for this and made my own! Sorry! Anyway, this book made me really hungry, actually. I wanted peanut butter cups after I heard about those bars. And when I was little, I REALLY wanted to eat the chocolate-cherry cake (although now I'm not so into the "cherry" part). Look to my thread for everything else I thought of. I can't post it here. But I will say this: Why did none of the sitters work out that Kyle was framing Megan for all those things at the centre? Didn't they find it suspicious that he was the one who kept telling on Megan and that she didn't act guilty?
"We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates, "Psycho"