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

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

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Based on Ann M. Martin's bestselling series, America's favorite baby-sitters are back -- this time, in a heart-warming and hilarious graphic novel.

In this new graphic novel edition of the very first BABY-SITTERS CLUB book, Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original in warm, spunky illustrations. Witness Kristy's eureka moment, when she gets the idea for a "baby-sitters club" and enlists her best friends, shy Mary Anne and artistic Claudia, in an exciting new venture. But the baby-sitting business isn't the only thing absorbing their attention: Kristy is having a hard time accepting her stepdad-to-be, and the newest member of the gang, Stacey, seems to be hiding a secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439739337
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Series: Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Series , #1
Edition description: Graphic Novel
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.

Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, then moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. She is the creator of SMILE, a critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, which was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and BOOKLIST’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Her new graphic novel for Scholastic is titled DRAMA. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband, Dave Roman. To learn more, visit her online at

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Kristy's Great Idea (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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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
If i were you, I'd read this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an amazing book...from 9 year old.
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.
carma91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Baby-Sitters Club is one of those series I really liked when I was a kid, so when I found out that some of the books would be re-released in graphic novel, I was pretty excited. Plus, I was already following Raina Telgemeier's comic 'Smile' online so I already loved her drawing style. The book (and the other three) is very cute and any changes Raina made for the graphic novel just fit with it. I'd totally recommend it to kids or to adults who read them when they were kids.
megmcg624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kristy starts a babysitting club with her friends in this new edition, which reformats the familiar series in a modern graphic novel format. The fresh tone adds new appeal to a story that is really quite sweet and appropriate for young readers. The four friends work together to start their business, dealing with issues of blended families, secret diabetes, and strict parents. The illustrations are very appropriate for middle graders. One gripe: in the black and white format, all characters look exactly the same except for variations on hair and outfit, rendering the multicultural representations a bit hollow.
elenaazad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stoneybrook Middle School student Kristy and her friends - shy, sweet Mary Anne, cool, artistic Claudia and newbie Stacey - form a club dedicated to promoting their baby-sitting services. The girls' friendships strengthen in the process and they help each other out during tough situations, like Kristy's inability to handle the possibility that her mom might remarry. This retelling of the popular series in graphic form brought back a lot of memories. I had fun spending time with the characters I was fond of growing up, and the hip illustrations added a whole new dimension to the story that I really liked. But I'm wondering what kind of experience readers who aren't at all familiar with the baby-sitters will have? The concept of a club centered on baby-sitting I think will still appeal to middle school aged girls today, and the drama that pervades the story certainly will; things like parents divorcing and remarrying and dealing with diabetes are just as applicable today as they were in the eighties and nineties, maybe even more so. That being said, I feel this book would be a much better read for girls in elementary (4th & 5th grade) and early middle school, rather than those in or getting ready for high school. The plot may lack the intensity that these readers are likely looking for, as the world Kristy and her inhabit is a fairly "safe" one, where everything turns out alright in the end. But there are younger girls out there who really need that kind of reassurance and will identify with and appreciate this book.
mmmissmeliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kristy comes up with the great idea to create a babysitters club that people in the neighborhood can contact when they need someone to watch their kids. She invites her friends Claudia and Mary Anne, and Claudia invites Stacey. The club is successful and we¿re taken through the beginning of the club and some of the interesting and fun adventures they experience. This book is nostalgic for me as I read the original non-graphic series as a kid. It teaches lessons of friendship, honesty, openness, forgiveness and responsibility. Enjoyed the artwork and would recommend it for junior readers.
GenrePassport on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing i loved it and I think if you haven't read this book or any of the other books in this amazing series you should read them really I mean it
kljoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After realizing the trouble parents go through to get sitter¿s for their children, Kristy joins with her friends Mary-Ann, Claudia and Stacey to create a club that will solve this problem and hopefully give them more jobs. While starting their club, the girls also struggle with issues such as parents remarrying, diabetes, and growing up. A graphic novel version of the first book in the Baby-sitters Club series, it brings new life to Ann M. Martin¿s popular series. Raina Telgemeier¿s simple black and white pictures tell the majority of the story. The action and expressions of the characters are incredibly descriptive. Third through sixth grade girls will love this book, regardless of their familiarity with the original version. Kristy¿s Great Idea is recommended for elementary school libraries and the children¿s section of public libraries.
julieah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book of the Baby-Sitters Club series, Kristy¿s Great Idea, reappears in graphic novel form! The novel introduces the 4 seventh grade girls, Kristy, Claudia, Mary, and Stacy, in the series and how they began their new babysitting business. The art is extremely clean and in black and white. The story is not quite as in depth as the first making because of the form but it is still filled with art and text that express the emotion and action the novel has to offer. Personal problems, including their friendships and families, every young girl could relate to. This book, as well as the other Baby-Sitters Club books, are perfect editions in a 4-6 grade classroom. They could also be accompanied by the first Baby-Sitters club books before they came out in graphic novel.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel, based on the first book in Ann M. Martin's Baby-Sitter's Club series, really captures the spirit of the original series. When Kristy notices her mom having trouble finding a babysitter for her younger brother, Kristy comes up with a great idea! She and her friends will start a baby-sitter's club so that parents can call one number and reach a network of sitters. Kristy rounds up her best friends Mary-Anne and Claudia and a new friend, Stacey. The club is a great idea, but do the girls have what it takes to make it work? Can their friendship survive the new business arrangements? And why is Stacey acting so strange?Highly recommended for fans of the original series and for girls grade 3-6.
kitchendinah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book may be about Kristy's great idea, but it's a sheerly brilliant idea to translate the BSC books into graphic novels. As a friend and I were excitedly exclaiming, it's such a good sign to see that the juvenile female audience is finally getting some notice from the graphic novel/comics side of the publishing industry (outside of manga imports!) The story itself remains relatively unchanged, with all of the key plot points hit and the majority of the dialogue intact. The artwork is adorable, and Telgemeier really deserves kudos for her translation of prose to pictures. I'm eager to see the series continue, although I'm unsure that I'll be picking them up for myself -- I read them all as they were being published the first time. But as gifts for younger cousins and the kids of friends? Oh, heck yeah. Right at the top of my list.
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