I was just looking through this book, and remembering how much I love it. The story itself is okay, but what I love most is how drippy Natalie is in this one and the great sarcastic comments Karen makes about this. I used to like Natalie and kind of feel sorry for her because people thought she was a little weird. After re-reading this though...some of the things she comes up with are strange (but hilarious!) I love when she asks if the newspaper article is true and when she suggests that they mow lawns to raise money for the playground. Karen's thought of "None of us is allowed to mow lawns. I think Natalie's brain is on another planet," was great! I also love how later on she asks Natalie, "Have you mowed any lawns yet?" Then adds, "I could not help it."
Post by booboobrewer on Aug 8, 2007 16:58:26 GMT -5
Haha, this book is great. I love Natalie Springer. Isn't this also the one where they have an author signing and Andrew calls he/she an "arthur" to which Karen says, "Author, Andrew. An Arthur is just some guy."
The illustrations of Karen in her turban are funny. And Morbidda Destiny was ripped off when she paid to have her fortune told and Karen was just like "Uh, you'll get a cat and have a nice life, bye." (Or something to that extent).
"I love pink and gold. I also like to eat." -Julie, Claudia and the Missing Jewels
^ I had forgotten about this one but will have to reread and look at the illustrations as I never even noticed them ;D The only thing I remember is how Karen used her own money to buy stuff for the carnival, which always seemed stupid to me but....
As much as I like Natalie (I have a love of the weird kids), Karen's mental comments about her made me laugh. Had she said them out loud, it would've been another excuse to hate her but you do kind of have to wonder what goes on in Natalie's head sometimes.
I just reread this one this weekend and noticed something. Karen's prediction to Melody was "you're going to get a cat, no, wait a kitten" or something to that effect...and Melody did get a kitten in one of the later books! (Despite Skylar's "tat" phobia...) Maybe Madame Karen was better than she knew
^ I know Karen slugged Pamela (that was so funny - I would have done it, too, after reaching my wit's end with frustration ;D) in Karen's Candy but don't remember a fight in this one. It's been a while since I've read it, though. Now I'm curious as I loved that fight. ;D
Karen and Hannie got into a fight in this one because Hannie was angry that Karen changed her mind about what to do with the carnival money (they originally wanted to buy roller skates, but Karen decided it should go to the playground fund instead).
Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Jan 1, 2008 21:12:17 GMT -5
Was this the book where Karen and Hannie got into a fist fight or am I thinking of another book?
Yes it is lol. I just read this for the first time thanks to the LJ community and liked it. Karen and Hannie's fistfight was hilarious imo. Just the thought of two seven year old girls duking it out is hilarious lol (the picture of the two of them fighting is priceless, both Karen and Hannie have extreme anger faces on lol). And then Hannie hangs up on Karen when she tries to apologize, which is so rude. No wonder Karen called her Hatey Hannie (makes me think about how Karen called Mrs. Hoffman Hatey Hoffman, which I think came not long after this book) .
I am never going to get any work done if I keep stumbling across threads for books I barely remember. It might be time for a complete series readthrough (well, as complete as my collection allows). I had completely forgotten Karen and Hannie's fight on the playground. One thing I've noticed in several LS books is that Nancy is really good at staying neutral in fights that don't involve her. That shows a lot of maturity. I remember when I was in elementary school, if my friend and I were fighting, we would both try to get our other friend to take sides, and we'd whisper to her and she'd pretend to take sides with both of us, and she'd blab whatever we told her right to the other friend. Or sometimes she'd really side with one person, and then it would be a two vs. one fight. Nancy just wants her friends to be friends with each other, aww.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding
Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Jan 2, 2008 20:06:00 GMT -5
Yeah it was so cool to see Nancy be neutral whenever her friends fought. I agree that it shows a lot of maturity, especially for a seven year old. And also considering the fact that when you're in a trio of friends like that and two of them get mad at each other, one always ends up in the middle. I'm glad that Nancy never found herself in that situation .