Saturday, November 05, 2005

I am going to be a writer; or, BSC #47: Mallory on Strike

Holy crap! Mallory is annoying! I had totally forgotten just how lame she is! This is the first Mallory book I’ve read since I started this project (except pre-blog Super Specials), and I wanted to smack her. HARD.

The premise of this book is as follows: Mallory gets crazy excited when her really cool, published author creative writing teacher, Mr. D., announces Young Authors Day, which includes a writing contest. Mallory decides to enter the competition for Best Overall Fiction for the Sixth Grade. But every time she sits down to write, her family interferes. Stops baby-sitting, gets up early, but her parents always ask her to do stuff. So, she starts being crazy bitchy to her sibs, to the point where Margo and Claire make up a ballet about Mean Old Mallory. Then, she goes on strike and tells her parents that she’s not doing any family stuff until she’s done with her story. Finally, she talks to her parents and they set up a system so that Mallory can have time to herself when she needs to work. (Well, duh. They’re parents: sure, they enjoy a built-in baby-sitter, but all she had to do was say it was schoolwork…like they’d say “No, you can’t do your homework. Now scrub the floor.”) She also gets a “special day” from her parents as a way of showing their appreciation. She takes Jessi shopping at the mall, they have a special lunch and see a movie. But she misses her family! Well, finally, she wins her contest, makes up with the BSC and gives her sibs a special day. She and Jessi set up a series of lame games and activities for the other Pike kids. Happy ending. Blah.

My favorite part? The little blurb on the front: “How could Mallory ever get tired of baby-sitting?” And the front cover painting shows Jessi, Mallory, Dawn/Stacey (I can’t always tell them apart in cover art. Sometimes trendy/sophisticated and California casual look EXACTLY THE SAME!) are playing in the leaves with some kids, possibly Pikes, Um, that’s not baby-sitting. Plus, she thinks she’s lost the baby-sitting skills when one of her charges gets bloody while she’s distracted by the other two…who lets and 11-year-old take care of three children, let alone an 8-, 5- and 2-year-old. Seriously.

7 comments:

Erin said...

Yes, and Mrs. Barrett can't believe Mallory let Buddy out of the house without wearing shoes! And Mallory puts ice on it, elevates the wound, and applies even pressure till the bleeding stops. 'Cause she's lost her skills.

Also, her story is called "Caught in the Middle." Lame. And she cuts up precious family portraits for the cover.

She bribes Vanessa for something or other but only offers a quarter. Which she takes from a tin with horses on it.

Instead of just asking for the day off, she makes a sandwich board that says MALLORY ON STRIKE. Wasn't that time she should have spent working on her precious, ground-breaking novel?

Ryan Michele said...

The BSC members were all too excited by sandwich boards... but if not for them, they would have been sooo lost in the fight against those hags from The Baby-Sitter's Agency in Book #3.

kb said...

I'm thinking it's Stacey on the cover because Stacey moved into the house behind Mallory's when she and her mom came back to Stoneybrook. Remember their towel signals? White if Mallory can walk to to school with Stacey or red if she has to walk her sibling to school. Or something like that.

aly said...

I always found it so weird that Mallory and Jessi were allowed to babysit at such a young age...actually, all of the BSC for that matter. Especially for three kids at a time! I'm sixteen and I have trouble keeping track of two kids at a time when I babysit, and they're older.

Like seriously, do people even know how to use the stove when they're 11 to make lunch? Because I sure didn't...

Melissa said...

I just realized something about Stacey and the covers shes on, she never has her perm! Her hair is straight on the covers. Your right, Dawn, stacey and Shannon all look the same.

also I always wished she used real people as the bsc covers instead of the horrible drawings

Melissa said...

yeah cuz 11 year old really need to go on strike pulease! The only thing they should worry about is they get their homework done

and as if the strike idea would really work for someone in real life without getting into trouble.

Anonymous said...

Mallory's family was running her ragged and she finally had enough because all she wanted to do was finish her story. I mean, Vanessa could have helped Claire and Margo wash their faces. Vanessa is only two years younger than Mallory. Mallory did not have to clean up Byron's spilt milk because her triplet brothers are a year younger than Mallory. I also think those kids could have had fruit cocktail or ice cream for dessert and Mallory did not have to slave over a hot stove.