Post by Kylie90210 on Jul 16, 2013 19:35:09 GMT -5
I've decided to do another read through of the LS since I now have all but one of the (later) books, and I couldn't remember too well where I left off, and for some reason (even though I wasn't into them much when I was a kid) I love them!
I'm only half way through, but I agree that it seems to me that Mrs Porter has to know the kids think she's a witch, or at least joke about it. I doubt she would think any of them REALLY think she is (like Karen) and more that she knows it's a neighbourhood joke.
The whole 'heh heh heh' noises she makes to herself though, what is that?! I can't figure out a logical reason for why she would do that.
I do remember thinking it was funny how surprised Watson must have been to see his ex-mother-in-law on his doorstep. "Grandmother Packett?" ;D Agree that I wish she would have been in more LS books. I always wondered where she was - a lot of the grandparents, really.
^Hug to you, Afton and you are so right. When Watson exclaims, "Mother Packett" on page 89 and then hugs her, it sounds like they are close which is sweet and interesting, too. I also have always wished grandparents had been more prominent in the BSC books. That scene came across as so funny, too. I would imagine Lisa's mom, unless her dad is also alive, is probably the last person Watson ever expected to see that morning. Even Lisa herself would have been much more expected because of the kids. speaking of the "kids," Karen did come across as so young in this story, possibly closer to how I felt DM did in KGI but a little older. I do believe she was genuinely scared especially after imaging Morbidda and Midnight riding off on the broom, that picture is even creepy--it's on page 26. Also on pictures, Karen on the cover looks (to me) different, somehow more of a real (instead of cartoon-y drawn) little girl than she often does in well a lot of the later LS illustrations for sure. I like the blue shutters on Mrs. P's house. One interesting thought I had that I don't think was mentioned yet in this thread is Watson. We know even in Kristy and the Missing Fortune the girls "forget" that he (and by then Nannie, too) are gardeners and that they could ask them for help with Mrs. Dobson's plants. But since Karen even tells us Watson is (actively even) gardening in this book, what a twist it could have been if he had attended the gardening meeting at Mrs. Porters! Might make a fun fan fiction sometime.
^That is a great point, Wenonah and something to think about. I tend to think of most clubs in Stoneybrook, outside of the most important one of all, the BSC, as only lasting the book it was mentioned in. I wonder if perhaps "The Green Thumbs," from "Karen's Leprechaun," was related to the Garden Club in this book? Probably not since they did have different names and Karen didn't recognize any Little House neighbors there but that would have also been an awesome connection--to read about the Druckers, I really like them, just read "Karen's Christmas Tree," socializing with some "new" (to us knowing that they did) friends. I still think it would have been interesting had Watson attended any garden meeting Mrs. Porter was at. Maybe if Karen had gone with him to one, she maybe would have seen her neighbor a little differently.
Post by mallorypike on Jul 30, 2017 16:57:59 GMT -5
I read it today and LOVED it. It was so funny even though I doubt it was supposed to be funny Karen seemed so much like her age and I could understand why she thinks Ms Porter/Morbidda Destiny is a witch! I would've too, honestly (back as a little kid, of course - not now, lol)! I think the "witch" and Karen's POV about the "witch" had more depth in this book than the BSC. I was surprised I enjoyed this since I generally can't stand Ms Porter/Morbidda Destiny...
~The Babysitters Club. I'm proud to say it was totally my idea, even though the four of us worked it out together~Kristy's Great Idea
I just reread this one and, as an adult, felt so sorry for Mrs Porter! It was pretty funny though...I also really liked the way Watson was so happy to see his ex-wife's mother. So often families with divorce are often portrayed as more divided and with more conflict, I think that one of the main focuses of the LS series is family and the many different forms family can take. I like the way divorce isn't depicted as all doom and gloom and conflict, but not all sunshine and rainbows either, but then it is a kids' book...Overall, I love the way Karen's family (or two families) is celebrated despite it's non-traditional structure and despite the challenges that come with living between two homes and stuff. I also thought Karen was a realistic 7 year old and a lot of fun to read about.
I wondered whether flies have families. I wondered whether flies have family reunions, because family reunions are almost always picnics, and at a flies’ picnic, how could you tell the guest flies from the regular, uninvited flies who just want to land on the food for a while? ~ Claudia