After their binge, I think they only had the fruit and chocolate bars, which had to be divided among six people. They were unlikely to starve, but I guess they'd feel unsettled if that was all they had to survive on for an indefinite amount of time.
there's so much goodness inside Mallory, that after you've known her awhile, she starts to look pretty - Jessi Ramsey
Post by starrynight on May 30, 2006 16:44:12 GMT -5
Okay, on pages 217 & 218 the illustrations are backwards. Or is it just my copy? I have Jamie on page 217 with his arms outstretched walking towards the Dawn, Claud, Haley and Becca. But on page 218 everyone else is facing AWAY from Jamie. They have their backs to him. Dawn's arms are outstretched...towards the edge of the book.
I have one copy that's correct, and one that has the backwards illustrations. I'm keeping both because the one that's wrong is funny.
I'm embarrassed to admit how much that backwards illustration confused me as a child. I didn't realize that it was just a publishing mistake, and I would sit there forever trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Finally I decided that Jamie was surprising everybody by sneaking up behind them. I never did figure out who exactly Dawn was holding her arms out to, though. haha! ;D
Post by sotypical42483 on Jun 22, 2006 14:01:23 GMT -5
^OMG, ME TOO!! I was like cute, they're expecting Jamie from one direction but he's gonna pop up behind them! But then I was like wait... so why are Dawn's arms ALREADY ready for a hug if he's not even visible yet?!
Just reread and think it's one of my least favorite super specials, maybe behind Baby-Sitters Remember. I just can never get into sailing/shipwrecks. I did like the twist of Jamie getting sick and thought it was interesting to pair Claudia and Dawn on the island. I would have liked more interaction between them, though. I liked Jeff pretty well and Becca too. Jamie is always cute and Hayley was ... interesting. Loved the picture that vividly showed her rattail - uggh! As for the Ramseys, as long as I imagine Jessi being like 16 (which I do), I actually like that part of the story. I think she kept a pretty cool head - I would have freaked. I did think the Kishis and Shafer/Spiers should have been featured a little more so I could have seen their reactions. I also wish there would have been more baby-sitting other than just including the kids on the island as the only real jobs (except Charlotte). I am rare in that I like the baby-sitting parts of the book.
Post by sotypical42483 on Apr 14, 2007 22:09:30 GMT -5
I agree with you, aln, it would've been interesting if there was more interaction between Claudia and Dawn, they would be an interesting combo to explore a bit more cause they don't exactly seem like they'd ever really be that close, they are complete opposites! I wasn't really crazy about how Dawn freaked out on the island and claudia was the one who took charge - that whole thing just seemed very contrived.
I agree, too, and think that maybe having Claudia take charge was something to make her feel better about herself (got this from MA's comment in her first chapter - something to the effect of she wished Claudia would do better in school and find some ways to feel like she is worth something more than just her art.
Post by fluffycakes on Jun 10, 2007 21:23:55 GMT -5
Just finished re-reading this one (for, like, the 10th time! lol) and it was enjoyable as always. This book obviously wasn't written with the intention of being realistic, but I still want to know how that mirror got on the island in the first place!
I love how over-the-top Mary Anne is in this book. "I wish you'd stay out of my life...forever!" ;D Oh, Mary Anne.
Mr. McGill, Bart and Logan all seem to be pretty out of character in this one. Stacey and her dad seem pretty close, and Mr. McGill always seemed to be pretty cool, so it struck me as odd when he adamantly refused to let Stacey go home. Bart and Logan were jerks, too. As if Bart thought Kristy was cancelling the game because she thought her team would lose. So self-centred! Logan isn't much better. You'd think that he'd cut Mary Anne a little slack after Claudia and Dawn and the kids went missing, but apparently not.
All in all, though, a great Super Special! Even if the cover is horrific. After owning this book for 10+ years, I only just figured out that the person standing next to Mallory is Kristy (at least, I think it's her).
Has anyone seen the U.K. cover art for this book? It looks like Kristy or Mary Anne is pushing Jessi off the dock. Awesome.
^ As for the mirror, Claud probably couldn't go without one for a day in case someone might see her ;D This would be a little more true of Stacey but I can still see it with Claudia. As for Mr. McGill, I've always seen him as pretty selfish - Stacey's Choice, Stacey the Math Wiz being two examples that come to mind (my dad has read those, too, and developed an extreme hatred for the man ;D). So, I saw his behavior as really in character. Bart also always seemd a little selfish and Logan did, too, when it came to MA. Those are just my perceptions, though. I'll have to check out the UK art. The US version is bad enough. Is this one of the ones where the girls look like they have no necks?