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It's going to be a great weekend! Karen has new roller skates and is a very good skater. She's looking forward to trying some new tricks. But, oh no! Karen falls down and has to go to the hospital. Her wrist is broken! Karen is determined to get everyone she knows -- plus someone famous -- to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is d It's going to be a great weekend! Karen has new roller skates and is a very good skater. She's looking forward to trying some new tricks. But, oh no! Karen falls down and has to go to the hospital. Her wrist is broken! Karen is determined to get everyone she knows -- plus someone famous -- to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is done.


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It's going to be a great weekend! Karen has new roller skates and is a very good skater. She's looking forward to trying some new tricks. But, oh no! Karen falls down and has to go to the hospital. Her wrist is broken! Karen is determined to get everyone she knows -- plus someone famous -- to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is d It's going to be a great weekend! Karen has new roller skates and is a very good skater. She's looking forward to trying some new tricks. But, oh no! Karen falls down and has to go to the hospital. Her wrist is broken! Karen is determined to get everyone she knows -- plus someone famous -- to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is done.

30 review for Karen's Roller Skates

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

    I love this book because it resembles to me and my arm.And you will see why.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm sure, back when Karen's Witch came out, that I looked to see what the release date for book two was. But in that time, I clearly forgot, because when I saw a trailer posted on the Baby-sitters Club Facebook page for this book being out today, I was surprised and glad that we were going out to do some shopping today! I. LOVED. THIS. I know a lot of BSC fans hate Karen, but she is actually a precious GEM. After she got her cast on and was pouting on the couch because nobody would do things I'm sure, back when Karen's Witch came out, that I looked to see what the release date for book two was. But in that time, I clearly forgot, because when I saw a trailer posted on the Baby-sitters Club Facebook page for this book being out today, I was surprised and glad that we were going out to do some shopping today! I. LOVED. THIS. I know a lot of BSC fans hate Karen, but she is actually a precious GEM. After she got her cast on and was pouting on the couch because nobody would do things for her? ME IRL. (Yes, I am a princess, idgaf.) I was howling because the art is just SO CUTE. So round and expressive, completely perfect for my beloved Karen books. I also loved seeing Shannon! Was it our first time seeing her in the books? I just skimmed through my copy of Kristy's Big Day and didn't see her, so that was exciting. I love these books, everything about every BSC graphic novel is perfect!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I wasn't a fan of the first graphic novel because Karen was just sooooo bratty, but she's a much more reasonable child this time around, and I found myself enjoying this little tale about broken bones and truthfulness. A good book for introducing little kids to what goes on at a hospital when you've had an accident.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Karen is a very good skater. She has a new pair of roller skates and she can't wait to use them! She falls down and breaks her wrist. No more roller skating for Karen. In the hospital, she meets a classmate, who is also in a cast. Karen wants to get as more signatures than him so she can show off at school. She is determined to get the signature of a famous person. Unfortunately for me, I didn't love the book because I didn't like Karen's character. I thought she acted like a spoiled brat! Every Karen is a very good skater. She has a new pair of roller skates and she can't wait to use them! She falls down and breaks her wrist. No more roller skating for Karen. In the hospital, she meets a classmate, who is also in a cast. Karen wants to get as more signatures than him so she can show off at school. She is determined to get the signature of a famous person. Unfortunately for me, I didn't love the book because I didn't like Karen's character. I thought she acted like a spoiled brat! Every time she told the story of how she fell, it became more and more outrageous! That being said I think this is a fun read that I think a younger audience would enjoy very much. The art is very appealing and without too much text, I think it is a good introduction to graphic novels for a young child.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    I love how these are being made into graphic novels to be enjoyed by another generation. The illustrations and story are awesome. I loved these books when I was a kid, and I’m sure many other kiddos will enjoy them as well! I just have a lot of fun reading these, and hope they will keep being made. I want Goosebumps next!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Man so i really think this graphic novel series is great for younger kids who are interested in reading Smile etc. but aren't quite there yet, but Karen is so obnoxious. I really liked these books as a kid, and now i'm not sure why i didn't find her annoying then.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elene Papazoglou

    ✔️ a book by an author who has written more than 20 books

  8. 4 out of 5

    Avery

    I loved this book because it reminds me to be brave and honest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    An adorable little read. I’m really enjoying this spinoff of the Baby-Sitter’s Club graphic novel series. Can’t wait to read the next one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    iz

    adorable! in love with the illustrations

  11. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    Good book. not as good as the original babysitters club books. but it was still fun to read I would recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Pretty much what I expect from this series, good art, okay story, but nothing amazing. Themes: Injury (broken bone), importance of being safe/wearing safety gear (protagonist doesn’t wear her wrist guards and breaks her wrist), importance of being honest (protagonists story gets complicated and she fears the truth, but turns out no one really cares), there is some competition between protagonist and another kid to get more signatures on their cast and the protagonist gets a bit zealous (not sure Pretty much what I expect from this series, good art, okay story, but nothing amazing. Themes: Injury (broken bone), importance of being safe/wearing safety gear (protagonist doesn’t wear her wrist guards and breaks her wrist), importance of being honest (protagonists story gets complicated and she fears the truth, but turns out no one really cares), there is some competition between protagonist and another kid to get more signatures on their cast and the protagonist gets a bit zealous (not sure what, if any, message that conveys as the resolution is pretty much nonexistent). It’s cute, but overall there aren’t really any repercussions for the mistakes the protagonist makes, so it feels like there isn’t much of a lesson to be learned. When she breaks her wrist she gets to go to the hospital and people are nice to her, but no discussion of the dangerousness of her actions (difficult new trick without proper safety gear). When her story gets ridiculous, her brother calls her out and she admits the truth, but nothing happens as a result of her lying. When she zealously seeks signatures to show up another student with a cast, she gets the local “witch” (no discussion of maybe not assuming your old-lady-neighbor with a cat is a witch 🙄) to sign her cast, but that has no weight. Ultimately she is rewarded with the “celebrity” signature that she wants, but the other student also has a celebrity signature, and they just ... show each other the signatures. The final page implies that they let their competition go, but again nothing is discussed, there are no negative repercussions, it just ends. I don’t expect a nuanced or amazing plot, nor do I want something heavy-handed that leads you to a moral by the nose, but this series is inevitably compared with Raina Tegelmeyer’s books and other middle grade graphic novels, and it just lacks much to sink one’s teeth into. It is based on the novel by Ann M. Martin, and while I haven’t read it, if think it likely has more to say than this did.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    So this is a fun read and very appropriate for a younger audience. A girl Karen's age would enjoy it a lot, and older kids (and parents) would too. The art is nicely drawn, and it carries the characters through the story without too much text for a younger reader. At the same time, it's not purely visual. I have to say that I don't really like Karen. And this book doesn't do anything to make her more endearing. She's a brat. She lies and acts like a brat in order to be what she considers the best So this is a fun read and very appropriate for a younger audience. A girl Karen's age would enjoy it a lot, and older kids (and parents) would too. The art is nicely drawn, and it carries the characters through the story without too much text for a younger reader. At the same time, it's not purely visual. I have to say that I don't really like Karen. And this book doesn't do anything to make her more endearing. She's a brat. She lies and acts like a brat in order to be what she considers the best. In this case, the best roller skater (to start) and the best cast (to end it). She does have moments where a nicer person makes a fleeting appearance, but not many. I also hated that she still thinks their neighbour is a witch. At the same time, I get that she's a young kid and has an active imagination. I remember believing that a man on our street killed cats for fun, even though my friend's parents said he was a lonely old man or something to that effect. It doesn't make me love Karen, and it makes me regret my youthful silliness. Never having read the book series, I can't say how close the stories align. I suspect that the graphic novel did a good job of capturing the key elements of Karen's "adventure" both good and bad.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Z

    I'm definitely liking these graphic novels way better than the Baby Sitters Little Sister books. So far, Karen did repeat the backstory about the cats and Tickly and the two houses, but it didn't take up a whole chapter, and maybe book 3 will completely do away with that part. The target audience probably already understands divorce more than it did in the 80s. I like that the cast is a lot more diverse than the cover art on the old books led us to believe, too. Kind of skeptical about the first I'm definitely liking these graphic novels way better than the Baby Sitters Little Sister books. So far, Karen did repeat the backstory about the cats and Tickly and the two houses, but it didn't take up a whole chapter, and maybe book 3 will completely do away with that part. The target audience probably already understands divorce more than it did in the 80s. I like that the cast is a lot more diverse than the cover art on the old books led us to believe, too. Kind of skeptical about the first grader with a hijab, though. The Muslim girls in my school growing up who decided to wear them didn't start until they were in middle school. Kids these days must be growing up really, really fast! Between this story's plot and Karen's Witch, I liked Karen's Witch better because there was an element of magic to the story there, whereas this one is very firmly grounded in reality, despite Karen's tall tales. I know how this series ends up going, spoiler alert, (view spoiler)[it stays realistic. (hide spoiler)] But they're pretty easy to get through, and I like the art style in these graphic novels, so I'll probably keep reading them until I move to a place that isn't within walking distance of a Target.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Children's realistic fiction graphic novel. I remember tearing through the Babysitter's Little Sister books when I was a kid so I was curious to read the graphic novel version. The story is pretty simple, Karen is a daredevil and breaks her wrist trying to do a roller-skating trick. While I didn't love Karen's approach to the accident (feeling like everyone should do everything for her, getting competitive with a class member over who had the most/best cast signatures, and embellishing the story Children's realistic fiction graphic novel. I remember tearing through the Babysitter's Little Sister books when I was a kid so I was curious to read the graphic novel version. The story is pretty simple, Karen is a daredevil and breaks her wrist trying to do a roller-skating trick. While I didn't love Karen's approach to the accident (feeling like everyone should do everything for her, getting competitive with a class member over who had the most/best cast signatures, and embellishing the story) I acknowledge that it was realistic. This book is probably more exciting to those completely embedded in the new BSC universe. Otherwise a decent story if a child needs some mirrors about a broken bone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely adore these illustrations, and I love the entire BSC family - but while I know Karen is realistic in her exaggerations, I don’t like the lying in her storytelling constantly. I don’t know, I guess I feel like kids need to know that kind of stuff can really get you into trouble as you get older. It’s not cute to me. (I think one of the reasons I prefer the original Baby-Sitter’s Club over Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister it’s because there’s a whole crew of diverse & unique characters tha I absolutely adore these illustrations, and I love the entire BSC family - but while I know Karen is realistic in her exaggerations, I don’t like the lying in her storytelling constantly. I don’t know, I guess I feel like kids need to know that kind of stuff can really get you into trouble as you get older. It’s not cute to me. (I think one of the reasons I prefer the original Baby-Sitter’s Club over Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister it’s because there’s a whole crew of diverse & unique characters that the reader can choose to identify with and love. I don’t really like Karen, so it’s hard to adore these stories like I adore the others.) Otherwise, another sweet book in this series. Our kids in the library go completely crazy for these and all the other BSC graphic novels. :-) 3.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    I thought Karen was obnoxious in the original books, and she still is in these graphic adaptations. For some reason, I keep reading them. The illustrations are wonderful! The ending felt really abrupt - I thought maybe Karen would learn a lesson about how finding a famous person to sign her cast so she’d outdo the kid in her class (also with a new cast) was silly. But nope. No lesson about that learned. I guess she did learn two lessons: lying is bad, and sometimes you find what you want when yo I thought Karen was obnoxious in the original books, and she still is in these graphic adaptations. For some reason, I keep reading them. The illustrations are wonderful! The ending felt really abrupt - I thought maybe Karen would learn a lesson about how finding a famous person to sign her cast so she’d outdo the kid in her class (also with a new cast) was silly. But nope. No lesson about that learned. I guess she did learn two lessons: lying is bad, and sometimes you find what you want when you least expect it. Four stars for the art, and sparking my nostalgia.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Karen breaks her arm while roller skating and is whisked away into the excitement of getting a cast and x-rays. When she sees another student from her school with a cast, she tries to get more exciting signatures than him so that she can have a lot of attention at school. Karen thinks just like real kids I know, and there are some good implied messages in here: wearing safety equipment, not competing, and not telling lies. This is a fun rendition of Ann Martin's story from the '80s. Kids will lo Karen breaks her arm while roller skating and is whisked away into the excitement of getting a cast and x-rays. When she sees another student from her school with a cast, she tries to get more exciting signatures than him so that she can have a lot of attention at school. Karen thinks just like real kids I know, and there are some good implied messages in here: wearing safety equipment, not competing, and not telling lies. This is a fun rendition of Ann Martin's story from the '80s. Kids will love it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Seven year old Karen, injured roller skating, winds up competing with a classmate over who can acquire the most impressive collection of signatures on their cast. The story is fairly slight but the illustrations are cute and I appreciated that Karen fibs, she loses her temper, her priorities are a bit off, etc., in other words, she isn’t perfect.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lana Lin

    Why do people think she is bratty? well maybe she is but I thought it was really fun and I always read it just to relax it Is such a quick read I am so happy that Karens worst day is coming out! (in December (pout)) the pictures are adorable and my fav is Shannon :D she is so cute definitely get it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    I'm really thrilled to be reading these again as a grown up! Katy does such justice to Karen as a character with her delightful expressions and there are actual lines included that I remember reading as a kid which is a nice bit of nostalgia. I can't wait for the next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    nicole

    I love how much Mae loves these books and can’t wait until she’s ready for Baby-Sitters Club proper. It’s so funny to think that I was Karen’s age when I started reading the BSC series but never identified with her, but now see so much of who I was at that age in her with the power of hindsight.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shacoria

    The main complaint I have about this book is that it's too short. Also, I felt like it lacked a lot of the character and charm that I liked so much about the first book in this series. Still, it was entertaining enough to be enjoyable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    My daughter loves the graphic novel series of BSC books and just read this one - and promptly handed it to me. It's just as adorable as the other books in the series and perfect for younger readers. Definitely brings me back to my own childhood reading every BSC book I could get my hands on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat Ice

    Such a cute addition to this series! I have always loved the Babysitters club books and graphic novels so I love that they are expanding on that! Opening it up to younger audiences! I will be excited to see what’s next!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Fun! I'm glad that a new generation of readers gets to experience one of my favorite childhood book series. Farina captured Karen perfectly, and Martin's story taught a good lesson about safety and exaggerating the truth.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I think the graphic novels emphasize what a little shit Karen is. Or maybe it’s because I’m an adult now? Either way, I really enjoyed this adaptation. Would definitely recommend for young graphic novel aficionados. And I’ll likely keep reading the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Karen can be a lot to take in the BSC books, but she’s totally adorable in graphic novel form! To be honest, this was somewhat of a weak plot to carry an entire book, but I still thought it was a lot of fun to read. Oh, and we finally got to meet Shannon!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    Another cute story about Karen and her adventures. This time, she has an accident, but makes the most of it by trying to get as many signatures as she can on her cast. Even though it was a super quick read, I always enjoy visiting Stoneybrook.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Refreshed my memory why I shouldn’t Roller skate! Another great book in this series!

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