Kristy's Great Idea (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth.
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Overview

Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth.
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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
VOYA
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606147873
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Baby-Sitters Club Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    The best Idea ever!!!!!!!

    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!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Long time fan

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Read this

    You will laugh you will smile. There are 10 steps in all. #1- you are reading this right now. #3- you didnt realize i skipped #2. #4- you are checking. #5- you are smiling. #8- you didnt realize i skipped #6 and #7. #9- you are checking. #10- you are laughing. #12- you didnt realize i skipped #11. #13- you forgot there was 10 steps

    Told ya you would laugh!!

    ~A.K.A Lollipop :)


    HAHAHAHA

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Best Book Ever!

    I love this book just the rest of the series! You should get it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Good Introduction

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Awesome!"!

    I loved this book it is so fun

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Sammich

    Is hungry and has to pee.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Xavier

    Good.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    QUESTION-PLEASE ANSWER :))))))))))

    I read the graphc novel versions of the first 4 but i dont know if these ones are the same or not. If these are then i dont need to read this one but any other ones after. I read the first ones so quick but if they are the older versions then some one should tell me if i should read them still. I really liked these so if any one could tell me to read, not read, or sample these then that would be fantastic. Or if you have a suggestion for other books like these then that would be awesome too!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Love this Series

    I love the baby sitters club books, and I am a #1 true fan of the books. I have most of the books, they are really good!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Great

    This book is about a thirteen year old girl named Kristy Thomas who one day is sitting in the kitchen watching her mother make phone call after phone call trying to line up a baby- sitter for her younger brother David Michael. She felt sorry for him and that is when she had an idea to start her very own baby-sitting clucb. She got her friends Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey and started a club.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    #1 fan not

    This is a crappy book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    So far, pretty good

    A good book im only through sorta half of it. But so far, its pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Books

    I can not make a summary, but i can tell you that the best books in the world (Baby Sitter Club ) were made because of this very book! You need to read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Continuation of So Continuationof So.

    Im sorry i didnt finish my sentence. I was askinghow do you join your clan. And who is your leader



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    LoL

    This book is Fabu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    From best reader

    I love this book it rules new idias and Krisry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Sombody Random

    Love it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Windstar

    My sis and i share a nook. Im not stupid

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Dovestar

    I no wat we should do. Get rid of all the other addon clans and keep the originals. (Shadowclan windclan thunderclan and riverclan.)

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