December 15, 2009

BSC #17, Mary Anne’s Bad-Luck Mystery: The Cokie Monster

Posted in books tagged , , , , at 9:09 pm by Jenn

If only this were a picture of the vegetable blouse

Summary: Mary Anne gets a chain letter, which she doesn’t follow up on, and the BSC girls wind up having a bunch of bad luck. Being 11- and 13-year-old girls, they blame the chain letter. Mary Anne receives a “bad-luck charm” from an anonymous sender and decides to wear it to counteract the broken chain letter. (Wouldn’t that make it a good-luck charm?) It turns out the “charm” is a mustard seed, and it was sent by Cokie Mason, the BSC girls’ nemesis, making her first appearance here. Once the girls figure it out, they get revenge on Cokie and her friends.

Thoughts: This book takes place around Halloween, which should mean that less than two months have passed since Mary Anne’s last book, which is completely impossible. But I don’t see the point in analyzing time frames in this series because it’ll probably make my head explode.

Claudia says she loves this time of year and Kristy replies, “Why? You get dressed up every day.” Point to Kristy.

But Claudia gets her own point later when Dawn goes on another anti-junk-food rant. Dawn: “The rest of you will be wearing dentures when you’re ninety. But I’ll stil have all my own teeth.” Claudia: “If I live to be ninety, I’ll just be glad to be alive, teeth or not teeth.” Of course, it’s a moot point since Claudia will be dead from diabetes-related complications by the time she’s 60 (sorry, Stacey, she’s going to steal your thunder) and Dawn won’t actually have all of her original teeth because I’ll have knocked most of them out.

And now for the clothing description that makes my head go, “Huh?” Claudia apparently has “a vegetable blouse.” It’s “an oversized white shirt with a green vegetable print all over it – cabbages and squashes and turnips and stuff.” I’m surprised Dawn doesn’t have one, too.

3 Comments »

  1. notemily said,

    It seems like everything Claudia wears is either “oversized” or “skintight.”

  2. Shantel said,

    “And now for the clothing description that makes my head go, “Huh?” Claudia apparently has “a vegetable blouse.” It’s “an oversized white shirt with a green vegetable print all over it – cabbages and squashes and turnips and stuff.” I’m surprised Dawn doesn’t have one, too.”

    I’m surprised Dawn didn’t pay Claudia for wearing the blouse and pay Claud more to buy the blouse,

  3. bscag said,

    While obviously Claudia’s eating habits are abysmal, I love how she shuts down Dawn here and in the earlier book. “They’ll call you–” “They’ll call me HAPPY.”


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