Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: "Mary Anne & The Search for Tigger: The Baby-Sitters Club #25"

Mary Anne & The Search for Tigger: The Baby-Sitters Club #25 by Ann M Martin
2 out of 5 stars

OMG...when are these going to start getting good again?? I've had some real duds the last few books! Arg....hopefully, the Super Special and after will be better. I try not to look too far ahead at what books I'm reading next, so I can be a little surprised lol.

All right, let's get this out of the way so we can get to the fun stuff, shall we? Mary Anne is stupid enough to leave her kitten, Tigger (whom I always call Tiger in my head), outside on his own when she goes to a BSC meeting. Then, she is totally shocked and dismayed when she comes home and he is missing. What did she think was going to happen? That he was going to be sitting next to the door waiting to go in? Seriously.

Anyway, MA freaks when she can't find him that night and tells Kristy, who gathers the troops and starts making plans for Operation Find Tigger. They pool their money for a reward (I think it's like $17? But they somehow make it into $30) and make up a poster (they don't let Claudia anywhere near the wording). Okay, 2 things: 1. They make Kristy's mom run off copies of the poster at her work, which they make her do ALL the time. I would think she would eventually get in trouble for that? and 2. They looked for Tigger all over, but never even went to any of the neighbors or anything to see if anyone had seen, say, a little girl from Kentucky sneaking Tigger home under her shirt. Annoying.

In between all this, Logan is being a total jerkwad. He doesn't comfort MA, he's totally annoyed that he has to sit outside on the porch at her house (but Claudia's parents are totally cool with him coming in her room lol), and he tells her to stop being such a girl. Like that's a bad thing?? Girls rock. :) It turns out he might get kicked off the baseball team because he sucks and won't take steroids or something and it's totally stressing him out. Don't worry though, MA forgives him in the end.

So that's all the boring stuff, now how about a What Claudia is Wearing? Yay!  It's her clothes that amaze me, though. (I think they amaze everyone.) [Yeah, that they let her out of the house in some of these getups.] Claud mixes and matches the weirdest stuff and comes up with the coolest outfits. Like a loose blouse with a fake coat of arms on it worn over a very short black skirt. Around her waist, a scarf. On her feet, short black boots. Dangling from her ears, dinosaurs. And her hair might be piled on top of her head and held in place with hairpins that look like seahorses. She combines all this stuff - and she looks fantastic. [I don't know about that.]

I took some liberties with her outfit, because the coat of arms made me think of Hogwarts and Harry Potter and I think Claudia would totally dig Harry Potter and make it like her uniform for the release week of the last book or something. So I made 2 outfits here...the one on the left is her going-to-school outfit and the one on the right is what she would wear if her parents made her go out to dinner with "important people". Still "Claudia", but toned down. You like?

Oh, "what happened to Tigger?" you say? Well, turns out Logan's little sister, Kerry, "finds him" and takes him home to live in her closet. Even though her little brother, Hunter, is like the Bubble Boy and deathly allergic to everything and it's dusty cousin. Poor kid. MA finds him, rescues him, blames Logan, forgives Logan, Kerry has to wash cars and gets rewarded with a hairless pet. Okay. I would have been grounded for the summer to my front yard and had my bike taken away and then thrown away....oh wait, that did happen to me lol.

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