Karen's school picture was an interesting book even though I haven't read it in a long time. I don't think Karen faked needing glasses. I'm not surprised that she needed them either, because Watson and Lisa wore them.
I think Ricky had glasses for quite a while before Karen did. I know I got mine at the beginning of second grade, and my cousin was close to the same age when she did, so it may be a pretty common time to find that they're needed.
^^No, Ricky got glasses after Karen in the book. He had been teasing her and calling her four-eyes and something else (batwoman, maybe? blind as a bat?) and then he missed a day of school and showed up the next day with glasses.
"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 firecausesburns on Jan 21, 2009 2:05:27 GMT -5
I got glasses when I was about 7 (when I'd already been reading LS books for a couple of years, I think), and was really excited that I needed them, because I thought they made me like Karen. The novelty wore off very quickly, though. I was afraid of getting picked on (thanks to this book), but everyone just wanted to try them on. This was one of my first LS books, and I could probably have recited it. Still one of my favourites.
I like this book a lot. It was one of the first LS books I owned, so I have the copy that has the "tell him he's adopted" thing in it. I've heard they changed that later. Does anyone know if they changed that thing on Karen's list to something different, or just took it out and didn't add anything else?
I used to think it sounded so cool that Karen got to have two pairs of glasses, especially in pink and blue.
Remember the part where she purposely leaves the glasses at home? Lisa brings them to school and Karen is extremely embarrassed about her mom walking right into the classroom in front of everyone.
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
Post by sparklymouse on Jan 22, 2009 18:47:00 GMT -5
I have the newer version. Karen's list of mean things to do to Ricky Torres was:
1. Tell him he smells. 2. Put my strawberry eraser in his desk and tell Ms. Colman he stole it. 3. Tattle on him to Ms. Colman about the names he calls me. 4. Put a worm in his lunch box. 5. Put pepper (lots of it) in his lunch box. 6. Hide his reading book. 7. Tell him his eyes have turned orange. Then have Hannie and maybe Natalie tell him his eyes have turned orange. Laugh at him if he checks them in a mirror. 8. Tell him that Mollie Foley from Mrs. Fulton's room says she's in love with him and wants to kiss him on the playground. 9. Ask him to see-saw with me during recess. When my end is on the ground, I'll roll off and say, "Ooh, my leg," like I'm hurt. He will crash to the ground. 10. Tell him I will never ever speak to him again. Ever.
Number two is too mean as she would be lying and getting him in trouble for something he didn't do. Number eight is random because I don't remember that girl or that teacher from anywhere else. Number nine is something I would have done. Number ten doesn't sound like punishment.
Number 7 is so funny! It's pretty harmless, the sort of thing that could be pulled as an April Fool's joke and everyone would be laughing by the end.
For some reason it reminds me of the time in 12th grade that someone sitting next to me in a German class was trying to get a rise out of me. The classmate wasn't being really nasty, just goofy. So I responded to everything he said with, in French, "Tu es un fromage." I did this all through the period, and the German teacher was doing his level best not to lose it in laughter. The other kid had no idea what I was saying even though the teacher did. As I left the room after the bell I told him I'd been calling him a cheese.
I have the newer version. Karen's list of mean things to do to Ricky Torres was: Number two is too mean as she would be lying and getting him in trouble for something he didn't do. Number eight is random because I don't remember that girl or that teacher from anywhere else. Number nine is something I would have done. Number ten doesn't sound like punishment.
That's exactly what I was going to say about number 10. It's like, Karen, that sounded a lot more threatening in your head than on paper ;D. The adoption one made more sense to use. While it was cruel, it was the best one on that list. By any chance, does this newer version come with a different cover? I remember hearing on here a long while back that they updated some of the LS book covers but idk if that happened or not because they're not on amazon or anything.
Post by booboobrewer on Feb 2, 2009 4:39:38 GMT -5
I was inspired to read this after getting new glasses...Kristy is so nice to Karen in this book! I like when she took her to the library and showed her pictures of people in glasses, like Santa and John from Peter Pan. I crack up at the illustration of Karen practicing her "movie-star smile." She looks so silly and cute.
And I want a unicorn shirt like hers...pink and blue with a white satin unicorn on the front. Pretty! Oh, to be six again.