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Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #1)

Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #1)

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by Ann M. Martin

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The hit series returns to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! The first three classic BSC books are back, along with a brand-new prequel, The Summer Before.

It all began with a great idea ... and the inspiring original story of the Baby-sitters Club is back! Kristy Thomas's brilliant business plan gets off to a great start with the help of


The hit series returns to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! The first three classic BSC books are back, along with a brand-new prequel, The Summer Before.

It all began with a great idea ... and the inspiring original story of the Baby-sitters Club is back! Kristy Thomas's brilliant business plan gets off to a great start with the help of Claudia Kishi (vice-president), Mary Anne Spier (secretary), and Stacey McGill (treasurer).

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
When her mother must make multiple phone calls to find a babysitter for Kristy's little brother, Kristy gets the great idea to form a baby-sitters club. Parents can make just one phone call to find a sitter. The club is composed of Kristy, her best friend Mary Anne, Claudia who lives across the street, and Stacey who is a new girl in town. Kristy learns to accept her mother's boyfriend, and Stacey divulges that she is a diabetic. The girls learn to work with one another, trust one another, and accept each other's individual personality. They share with one another their babysitting experiences, which add to the fun of this book. Martin does a fine job creating individual characters and realistic scenes. She has a keen sense of the world of seventh graders who straddle the line between childhood and being young adults. The story is as fresh today as it was when first published in 1986. There are minor changes to include today's technology and jargon. The series was a popular and publishing success. This is the beginning of the series, and Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
The Baby-Sitters Club brigade is here in their first graphic novel! Girls can hang out with Mary Anne, Kristy, Stacey, and Claudia as they cope with cranky toddlers, unruly dogs, scary neighbors, strict parents, and fashion emergencies. A winning rebirth of a classic series.
Publishers Weekly
Telgemeier offers a spirited graphic novel adaptation of the debut title in Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series, the story of the four founding members of this fledgling club. The graphic-style black-and-white panels engagingly spotlight the camaraderie, as well as the minor spats, among the quartet of seventh-graders-outspoken tomboy Kristy, earnest, shy Mary Anne, artistic and free-spirited Claudia and the somewhat secretive newcomer to town, Stacey-as they team up to launch a baby-sitting service. Various sitting jobs provide the story's livelier moments: Kristy arrives at one stint to discover that her charges are rambunctious pooches rather than kids, and Mary Anne attempts to rescue a family's cat from the yard of an alleged witch. Telgemeier also portrays the tale's quieter moments, as Kristy gradually and credibly comes to accept her divorced mother's new fianc and his children, and Stacey reveals that her mysterious behavior is due to the fact that she has diabetes. The artist adds abundant energy to the pages and, largely through amusingly exaggerated facial expressions, ably captures each character's personality. This will likely hook reluctant readers on this affable group of girls and may well spur a new generation of youngsters to move on to the original series. A second adaptation, The Truth About Stacey, is due in the fall. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The first of the "Baby-sitter's Club" series is now in graphic novel format. Following Kristy's lead, her three friends Mary Ann, Claudia, and Stacy, promise to accept all babysitting jobs and pool their resources. Each of the girls has problems to work through. For Kristy, it is her mother's engagement to Watson; Mary Ann wants more freedom from her over-protective father; Stacey does not know how to reveal she has diabetes; and Claudia feels she is in the shadow of her older sister, an A+ student. Together the foursome puts up with cranky kids; scary, large dogs; and a crabby, elderly neighbor in typical preteen fashion. There are emergency meetings, giggling about boys, and discussions of fashion, fights, and disagreements—or in other words, real life experiences of today's teens. This new format is faithful to the novel, and the black-and-white graphics bring the novel's characters to life. Each personality is clearly delineated and each girl has a distinct look. Fans who wolfed down the originals will readily accept this new format and probably beg for more, as it is certainly easy to breeze through this 186-page story in one sitting. 2006, Scholastic, Ages 8 to 12.
—Beverley Fahey
Kristy Thomas is a typically impatient adolescent seventh grader who cannot seem to find enough time to work all the babysitting jobs she would like in order to make extra money. Her great idea is to enlist her two best friends, Mary Anne and Claudia, in a babysitting club that would enable them to schedule jobs to keep each of them busy. In addition, Claudia suggests that they invite a new girl, Stacey, to help them. The girls face a number of challenging jobs, including watching boisterous cousins and pet-sitting unruly dogs as well as handling their own personal trials, but the support of the club helps each to cope, find her own way, and learn from one another. Telgemeier's art is the ideal method to lend currency to her graphic novel adaptation of an old favorite,. Martin's Baby-Sitters Club (Grey Castle, 1986). The graphic work lends the book freshness and appeal, and the art is fluid and clean in style. It is not easy to transform a 150-page book into a graphic novel, but this art portrays motion in such a way that the story line is often told without text and within just a few short frames. The characters are endearing, very expressive, and filled with energy. The level is spot-on, and the adaptation is unique and original. It is a truly fun read that will be a welcome addition to any young adult collection. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format). 2006, Graphix/Scholastic, 192p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Ava Ehde
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Seventh-grader Kristy Thomas organizes her friends into a baby-sitters club. In the course of the operation of the club, Kristy comes to terms with her mother's engagement, Stacey confides to her new friends that she has diabetes, Claudia learns to tolerate and even appreciate her gifted older sister, and Mary Anne makes some compromises with her over-protective father. All of the elements of concern to pre-teen girls (wearing the ``in'' clothes, keeping friendships stable, coping with family stresses, and trying to grow up) are here, tied to the almost universal experience of baby-sitting. Characters are not drawn with great depth, but the action is on target. A pleasant offering that will find a ready audience. Candy Colborn, Cottonwood Creek Elementary School, Englewood, Colo.

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Baby-Sitters Club Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.45(d)
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.

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Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally love these books and think that they are totally worth your money. If you are considering buying this book, I think you totally should.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Baby-Sitters Club is a great book for girls and if you read this one you should get the next one and keep going till you have read the whole series
Miss_Steph More than 1 year ago
I grew up with these books and still enjoy them to this day. I am thrilled to see that they are now being offered as ebooks and hoping that the whole series will be released. I sadly do not own the whole series anymore as I passed them down to be enjoyed by others but I still enjoy reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series. The first part starts out ok but then it gets way way better. If you liked this buy #2. Then 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good for kids Im one myself but adults also can read this too. I enjoy it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved going back to this book and remembering some fond childhood memories linked to the BSC can't wait to read the rest of the series over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good... but too short. I finish each book in a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and haven't read it since I was a kid. The charachter i relate to is Claudia and Karen due to i am a sister!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Ann M. Martin for a very long time. My grandmother bought me my first book at the age of 11 and i really wasnt interested at first but as soon as i read it, i was! Back then Martin was writing a book per month and that wasnt fast enough even for me. I remember finishing one book in a few hours (easy to do since they're only 100 pages). But as a young girl you can really connect with these characters and i feel that now, as an adult, she touched on more real problems i was actually dealing with as a teen. Such as a parent losing a job and bullies and the way the other friends in the club would pull together to help the specific character in trouble was very real and imaginable. I actually own every paperback book in the entire series and sub series she wrote. Plus everything from the dolls and school supplies she came out with. I really recommend this series from one parent to another and can't wait until my daughters are old enough to share what was a HUGE part of my childhood. Book is 97 pgs long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the baby-sitters club books because when you feel down all you have to do is read at least one chapter and your happy! I think the mesesge of this book is that you can do whatever you think about. This book series really helps girls (and some boys) realize that even though the 4 girls are different and they sometimes fight they work really good together and everyone aprecates them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book if i must say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to read these but im 13 now and I knda think that they are too short of a book and not interesting enough for me anymore... I still give it 5 stars though ;) peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Kristy comes up with an idea to form a club. The babysitters club!!! She realized that when her mother was having a problem finding a babysitter for her baby brother, David Michelle. This is the way it was formed. But there have been some problems. Stacy has been hiding something from the club. She won't eat chocolate or any junk food. Not even Claudia knows why. What is Stacy hiding? Read this to know why!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book had a good introduction. Some #1 (first book of the whole series) don't have good starts and don't tell you enough. This was not the first Baby-sitters Club book I read and it surprised me very much how Claudia acted. I disliked her in this book. Her actions and comments were disgusting. She called Mary Anne- my favorite out of the bunch a 'crybaby'. She was sticking up for Stacey like she knew her forever and treating Kisty and Mary Anne like dirt and she has known them longer. I guess that doesn't matter much- what matters is who you think is right. I also thought Kristy needed to give her step-father to be a chance which she does in the later books. My favorite has always been Mary Anne and I think that she relates to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but I some times I would get so board with this book. So if you read this book and your like me,you might get board.Just OK. JUST OK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read these books in order and they are really good I'm 9 and I read them all the time I recomend them to any girls that are 8-13. If you are younger I recomend reading the little baby sitters about Kristy's step sister that is 7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It teaches kids about how life is when you get older
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad anne martin decuded to continue the series it is such a great sereis
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just saying the person that said they were the first to review they were the last but the book is still awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are worth the money! Read them. I love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the books in babysitters club All the members are: Kristy, Claudia, Stacy, Mary Anne, Dawn Mallory, Jessi. There are 2 assotiate members: Logan Bruno, Shannon Kilbourne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book. This is the best book seris ever. Please read this book!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the sereis
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book just the rest of the series! You should get it!