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

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by Raina Telgemeier
     
 

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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

Praise for the BSC Graphic Novels:

"The artist adds abundant energy to the pages and, largely through amusingly exaggerated facial expressions, ably captures each character's personality." -- Publishers Weekly

"Crisp and spot on." -- Booklist

"Unique and original." -- VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439802413
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Series, #1
Edition description:
Graphic Novel
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series has over 176 million copies in print worldwide 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. She lives in upstate New York.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award–winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.

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Kristy's Great Idea (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
alicia303 More than 1 year ago
OKAY I READ ALL OF THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB (BSC) BOOKS AND MY OPINION IS THAT THEY ARE ALL GOOD !!!!!!ANY KID THAT IS 9 10 OR 11 SHOULD DEFINITELY READ THIS BOOK THIS BOOK IS FIVE STARS!!!! I HOPE THEY MAKE MORE OF THESE BOOKS!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in the words of my 8 year old daughter, "This book was great!" She enjoyed it so much she wanted to be sure to review it on line and let everyone know that the book was "awesome". In her excitement she has read the 2nd and 3rd books in the series and on her way to finishing the 4th. It is a good investment and she is looking forward to finding more series such as this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I got it from a friend. And I loved it!I read it 2 times already.I read the real version by Ann M. Martin.Both are great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really cool and i recommend it for all the kids.You shoould totally read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that NOTHING could come close to a re-make of the Babysitters Club. I was wrong. In this comic book style novel, the entire first book comes to life! It's almost just like reading the book, with the added bonus of vivid pictures! It's easier to get through than a regular book, and I read it again and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome ! It leaves you cheering for kristy and the babysitters club!this is a 5 star graphic novel! I am in 5 th grade and I loved this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome! I couldnt stop reading it. I also love the fact its in comic form. i cant wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book,but you can judge a book by it's cover! P.s I love her books!??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING I SO RECOMEND IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey luna its tt plz resond
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Krisy loks alot like raina from the book SMILE and SISTERS. P.S. gerate book ((yes i know i spelled great wrong u dont need to flag me for suspected under age becauseim 10))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RAINA! ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM A REALLY GREAT AUTHOUR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i were you, I'd read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristy Thomas is the founder of the Babysitters Club. She and her friends Mary Anne Spier the secretary, Claudia Kishi the vice president, and Stacey McGill the treasurer all love the idea of babysitting. Join these 4 girls through their crazy adventures and as they make new friends. This book reminded me of when I was in my first club and how much fun it was. Being in clubs can help you make new friends. This is a good book for young girls. That¿s why you should read Kristy¿s Great Idea!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was a cartton and it was sooo cool. it was the same as the first book but it had graphic pictures on every page it was awsome i hope you like it to.
Anonymous 17 days ago
I love the Babysitters club, and i really love Raina's comics. I really hope she makes more into comics like the Summer Before, Boy crazy Stacey, and Claudia and the Phantom Phone calls. Maybe even Dawn and the impossible three. Thank you!
Anonymous 4 months ago
She is so rude I can't believe she has friends! She is so self centered like "are you only sorry for making Mary ann cry or are you also for yelling at me" im like Omg and she's like gets in peoples buisness and thinks They will be sorry! And she thinks she's so smart. If she was a better charecter I may have enjoyed the book
Book_Reviewer525 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!! Couldn't put it down!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing book...from 9 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is good but is too short so they should combind the whole series into one book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was gonna be boring, but when I read it i loved it! I read it like 5 times in a row! I can't wait till the next book comes out!