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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. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    Kids tend to exaggerate because they think the truth is not enough to empress the others. When she is asked to tell what happened to her broken arm, The seven years old Karen adds, edits and doubles the risks that she supposedly faced during an accident she had while she was roller skating. While reading that lovely graphic novel, you will get to know how courageous and daring that little girl is. By the end, Karen will know that people admire her without having to make up events that didn't real Kids tend to exaggerate because they think the truth is not enough to empress the others. When she is asked to tell what happened to her broken arm, The seven years old Karen adds, edits and doubles the risks that she supposedly faced during an accident she had while she was roller skating. While reading that lovely graphic novel, you will get to know how courageous and daring that little girl is. By the end, Karen will know that people admire her without having to make up events that didn't really happened. The message was finely and smartly delivered without preaching or lecturing. Which makes it an easy and enjoyable reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 3 STARS The second graphic novel in the series wasn't as entertaining as Karen's Witch but still kept to Martin's spirit of Karen Brewer. I see there are two more graphic novels in the series and I am looking forward to reading more Karen adventures. RATING: 3 STARS The second graphic novel in the series wasn't as entertaining as Karen's Witch but still kept to Martin's spirit of Karen Brewer. I see there are two more graphic novels in the series and I am looking forward to reading more Karen adventures.

  4. 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!!!!

  5. 4 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.

  6. 5 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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I was a little old for the original Little Sister books, but my 40-ish year old self is thoroughly enjoying the cute graphic novel versions. Sure, Karen is kind of bratty, but these books are meant for kids who either know or are a person like Karen. So, she exaggerates and wants to be the center of attention - it's a fun story with adorable art, and the age group it is meant for will eat it up. I was a little old for the original Little Sister books, but my 40-ish year old self is thoroughly enjoying the cute graphic novel versions. Sure, Karen is kind of bratty, but these books are meant for kids who either know or are a person like Karen. So, she exaggerates and wants to be the center of attention - it's a fun story with adorable art, and the age group it is meant for will eat it up.

  8. 4 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!!

  9. 5 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I will say, I thought Karen was the worst in her original books, but there is something about how Katy Farina has written and illustrated the character that just pops off the page! This version of Karen is easily favourite, and she is exactly the kind of well-rounded middle grader you want to see kids reading!

  11. 4 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. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elene Papazoglou

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

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Another nice visit to my childhood 🙂🙂

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sage

    Good

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    Karen is still a little bit annoying with her exaggerations and single mindedness but it’s also pretty realistic of a bossy little kid. 🤣 This was a cute enough story. My students will like it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Rating: 4 stars i've been reading these graphic novels since like fourth grade so i felt obligated (i liked the original ones better though lol) Rating: 4 stars i've been reading these graphic novels since like fourth grade so i felt obligated (i liked the original ones better though lol)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christine Salek

    STARTING OFF THE YEAR WHERE I ENDED IT

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    Ah, Karen is quite the character. This time her continuous embellishing of the story of how she broke her wrist causes her friends to lose trust in her. A tough lesson to learn!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Avery

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

  20. 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!

  21. 5 out of 5

    iz

    adorable! in love with the illustrations

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 5 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.

  25. 4 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.

  26. 4 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

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hope Burmeister

    As per my last review of the first in the series, this was another great read. I'll always love graphic novels. Period. Fight me. I did think the accident was inevitable and did see it coming. In some ways, the storyline was predictable but relatable. I never injured myself badly as a kid but I definitely remember thinking how cool those kids were with the casts and all the signatures. My brother had a cast once and I think I signed it. As much as Karen brags about it all, I'm really glad I neve As per my last review of the first in the series, this was another great read. I'll always love graphic novels. Period. Fight me. I did think the accident was inevitable and did see it coming. In some ways, the storyline was predictable but relatable. I never injured myself badly as a kid but I definitely remember thinking how cool those kids were with the casts and all the signatures. My brother had a cast once and I think I signed it. As much as Karen brags about it all, I'm really glad I never broke any bones. I'm really enjoying this series. It's like bringing my childhood to life. I can't wait to read the rest.

  28. 4 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.

  29. 4 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellie:)

    I think this is my favorite book in the series. I mean, Karen's Witch was okay, I guess. Karen's Worst Day was better the first time I read it. Here is the summary of the book. 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 I think this is my favorite book in the series. I mean, Karen's Witch was okay, I guess. Karen's Worst Day was better the first time I read it. Here is the summary of the book. 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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