I remember reading this book and wanting to strangle Mary Anne. First of all, she should have just gone out and helped with the search for Jake. Jello on requires boiling 1 cup of water, mixing with the powder, added with a cup of cool water and sticking in the fridge (I made jello last night). Would have left plenty of time for searching! AHH!
I just reread this one and didn't see where MA didn't search for Jake. Maybe I missed something (did read it pretty fast ;D) but I saw that she was searching for him and just quit before some of the other searchers. I really don't see a big deal in that and can't see how one more person would have made that much of a difference. Though I'm not sure why she was having trouble with jello since it does seem pretty easy, I do have trouble sometimes with some of the easiest things so can relate. I can also relate to being more concerned with doing well in a class than with anything else. Yes, a child being missing is awful and terrifying but every who knows him shouldn't be expected to put their lives on hold. This probably sounds callous but I don't mean it that way - just that I can understand how MA was worried about Jake but was also worried about not failing. I know I certainly wouldn't want a F on my record, whether or not Home Ec is a stupid class.
I agree it was out of character for MA but I was actually almost glad to see her worrying about herself instead of trying so hard to put everyone else first to the point where she ends up not being able to handle it. (If that makes sense)
Post by Penny Lane on Oct 31, 2007 10:07:36 GMT -5
I didn't have home-ec either, even though my school was not small (not big, but not small). I like to blame that school on the fact that I can't cook or sew or do anything really domestic.
I didn't like this book when I re-read it recently. I think I liked it when I was a kid, but now I started reading, and i was just like "Didn't I already read this book when it was called Dawn and the Impossible Three?" Of course, it his dad didn't take him, but the way they were trying to make us think he did was so annoying.
And Mary Anne's subplot had nothing to do with anything, and OOC for her. It just didn't make any sense. It actually makes me wonder if it was supposed to be someone else, like Mallory or Stacey, and someone made a last minute decision to give to Mary Anne because she didn't have anything else to do.
Post by booboobrewer on Nov 1, 2007 22:49:17 GMT -5
Is this the book where Kristy and Mary Anne wait outside Claudia's house before the meeting and are blowing on blades of grass? I thought that was weird. Can you really achieve a honking sound by placing a blade of grass between your fingers and blowing on it?
I had this book as a kid -- in fact, I got a box set of the 1st 4 mysteries as a birthday present. A few years ago, I gave this book away -- but I remember most of the book. I love the food descriptions. At the Pikes, Mrs. Pike makes a big pot of spaghetti and either Patsy or Laurel says that she wants hot dogs instead. Sooo...Mrs. Pike puts the spaghetti in the fridge and lets the kids have hot dogs. This always bugged me, because I'm sure at least a few of the kids would have wanted spaghetti -- isn't it their favorite food? It's def. one of mine.
I love the ending, too -- the shop owner puts together a bag of goodies for Jake, and Mrs. Kuhn is so happy that's Jake's okay that she doesn't care if he eats junk food. Doritoes are mentioned a lot in this series, huh? Did Ann have a secret junk food addiction?
^ Maybe a vicarious junk food addiction through the BSC. ;D I guess I didn't mind putting the spagetti in the fridge because it would keep and maybe it was easier to just make them all the same thing. If they were having the spagetti soon anyway, the kids who liked it probably wouldn't care. As for the Pike kids' favorite foods, that was always weird. Sometimes it was spagetti, sometimes things like Daddy Stew and sometimes gross combos. The gross combos seemed more frequent toward the end of the series, though. This is one of my favorite mysteries and one of the ones that got me liking the Kuhn kids and the Krushers (and made me want to start my own baseball team. ;D)