Poor, poor Andrew. Felt so bad for him... having to bat in a cage! I get why Kristy and Bart did it, but still
As for Karen, I didn't see what the big deal was. I think Karen got a bit caught up in her own self importance (nnot to be mean), and it went on from there. Don't get me wrong, I like Karen, but sometimes...
There was this parade, that the Krusher and Basher were walking in, and the team that one this important game got to walk with a banner declaring them Stoneybrook's champions. Karen hits a homerun during practice, but Andrew is having trouble not letting go of the bat when he bats. At the next practive, Karen is distracted feeling bad for Andrew, and 'loses' the game by striking out. So she thinks she is a jinx, and better not walk in the parade. Instead, she considers going in the Bike competition part of the parade, where the winner wins $100. I wont spoil the surprise...
I would've liked to join the bicycle brigade in the parade because I think I would've enjoyed decorating my bicycle. And Natalie's idea of buying jigsaw puzzles if she won $100 doesn't sound like a bad idea since I loved jigsaw puzzles when I was younger. As for Andrew's batting problem... I think Kristy and Karen should have been more patient with him instead of losing their patience with him when he let go of the bat.
Post by virgoscorpio on Dec 9, 2012 22:41:06 GMT -5
This book didn't leave that much of an impression on me, except for the cage. I didn't really get what they were talking about so I actually had to look it up on Google images! If I had won the bicycle competition myself, I probably would have kept the money and spent it gradually over time. (I'm sure that would have only lasted a few weeks though, haha!)
"It is important to be on time for any job, even if you are working for a witch." ~ Karen Brewer
What I don't understand is don't most baseball diamonds (field areas) have that wire half dome around home plate anyway? A backstop. ITA with others that I felt horrible for Andrew. I understand the safety issue but thought it was awful how he was singled out like that. Surely other Krushers perhaps foul the ball behind home plate a lot or every now and then toss a helmet...I'd think there would be need for a non "cage" cage anyway. I just remembered in Kristy and the Krushers the Bashers climb all over the backstop behind home plate. I guess for this book that vanished? I also, and maybe it was just me, didn't quite get why the old man spectator made a random appearance. It was like he was one more person putting Andrew down. :/ I will say it was very welcome to see Karen look out for Andrew. Oh and finally she wore a Krusher's T shirt with a "K" instead of "C" on it and said nothing (to us) about that. Yay. I definitely would have preferred more about the Krushers and less about Karen's dilemma or even about the parade. One thing I am noticing about some LS books (I know many of you true fans have often said this) is that Kristy is (generally) closer to her siblings and so are the adults to the kids, more involved than in the BSC books. P.S. When do the Krushers get their baseball hats? I mean do they ever officially like the batting gloves in this one? I know hats were the downfall of poor Jackie and the refreshment table and that possible one other time Sam and Charlie helped have a second bake sale where enough money was raised but I don't recall the hats being bought. Speaking of Jackie, boo to Kristy for apparently making it known to Karen that she thought of Jackie as "the walking disaster." That made me angry and sad. :/
I feel bad for Andrew, having a bat cage around him. Karen, was too hard on herself. I like this book.
I don't think, I can't remember anyone throwing they're bat in the air, after 3 strikes. I was taught, put the bat down on the ground, run to first base. It's been years, since I play baseball. The last time, was in the early 90's. I wasn't good at hitting. I might got home run once. But, it was just my dad teaching my older sister, and I, to play baseball for fun.