Post by sparklymouse on Apr 4, 2008 14:39:49 GMT -5
Not one of my favorite Christmas books. Each chapter was a little repetitive. I liked seeing Karen's progress on her naughty/nice chart. Funny how she thought she was so bad that she had to add more paper to make the chart go lower.
This made me remember the lame Christmas programs my school had every year. Some of those songs are still burned into my brain. I have to wonder if Karen's class sang Rudolph more than once, cause it's not a long song and they really went all out for it. The costumes on the cover look pretty detailed, they were going to make poor Hannie fly on a pulley, and Ms. Coleman was going to bring in a fog machine!
Post by sparklymouse on Apr 6, 2008 17:56:31 GMT -5
Charlie was nice in the book. I assume he was the one who stuck the note from Santa in Karen's stocking.
I didn't like Elizabeth in the short amount she was in this one. She was fine with Emily standing on a stool splashing around a sink full of water (unsupervised too) and scolded Karen for trying to stop Em from doing it.
I agree that Charlie was a nice step brother. Karen was lucky. I think that Elizabeth can be a little too harsh with Karen. I also don't understand how she could make a fuss at Karen when she was trying to stop Emily.
^I thought that was funny too about the reindeer spy. I just re read this one yesterday because one, it is Christmas and two, I didn't remember much about this book. What stood out to me the most was how sweet Charlie was to Karen. I think their are a lot of instances that Charlie is really sweet and protecting of Karen.
I also have to agree, I didn't get why Elizabeth was mad at Karen for trying to stop Emily from making a mess with water, especially after Karen just cleaned the sink. I would be mildly irritated as well.
I'm not surprised that Karen ended up being Rudolph in the end. I loved Karen's chart and how it went down to her being horrible and past that. I agree with what everyone posting about Charlie being sweet to Karen.
Post by wanderingfrog on Dec 18, 2011 21:47:00 GMT -5
Charlie was great in this one. I liked that he even told Karen he believed her about the reindeer.
...So were we actually supposed to believe, though, that there was an actual reindeer running around Stoneybrook and Karen was the only one who could see it? I know she's got a vivid imagination, but it really doesn't seem likely that she'd mistake a deer for a reindeer when she'd gotten a really good look at the animal on several different occasions. If it actually is a reindeer, though, basically our options are: 1) it is indeed one of Santa's magical flying reindeer, 2) it is a woodland caribou that got really, really lost, or 3) someone is letting animals out of their cages at the Bedford Zoo again.
"I'm tired of being a lovely lady. From now on I'm going to be a cat." ~ Melody Korman
Readthrough Progress: #126 The All-New Mallory Pike (January 1999)
Wanderingfrog thank you for the laugh and smile. I love your three options. And Maddie, I love that you answered. I agree with everyone who posted that this was not my favorite (by far) LS Holiday book either. I was not a fan at all of the naughty/nice chart and IIRC in Christmas Chiller Kristy said that she didn't believe Santa was a judge that way or that that was right or something to that effect. Charlie was such an awesome Secret Santa, what a great big brother.