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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Kristy's Great Idea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Nothing quite beats the feeling from walking into the library not knowing what to get and walking away victoriously with two exciting reads. Raina Telgemeier graphic novel adaption to the Baby-Sitters Club with Kristy's Great Idea was one of them. One of my greatest accomplishments as a big sister is passing on my love for books to my ten-year-old sister, and I can thank in part Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels for kicking it off with a bang, specifically with Sisters, which my sister still re Nothing quite beats the feeling from walking into the library not knowing what to get and walking away victoriously with two exciting reads. Raina Telgemeier graphic novel adaption to the Baby-Sitters Club with Kristy's Great Idea was one of them. One of my greatest accomplishments as a big sister is passing on my love for books to my ten-year-old sister, and I can thank in part Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels for kicking it off with a bang, specifically with Sisters, which my sister still recites certain scenes from today, like, the infamous road trip. So spending this past Shabbat poring over this newest release was a walk down memory lane for us. For me, what I personally cherish in these books is how timeless Telgemeier's writing feels. Like, when I read other middle-grade books I'm self-aware throughout the story that this is meant for younger audiences, but there's something so appealing in its nostalgic nature. I also appreciated how this particular book on babysitting kids showcases situations with how to deal with the not-so-kind moments, similar to How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk, wherein it opens up with a kid acting a certain way (throwing tantrums, asking big questions, opening up) and through the Baby-Sitters Club we see a number of ways to react in a helpful manner. And as always, the art was astounding and perfectly captured those quintessential summer days spent frolicking outside with friends, thinking of what to do next. It's also interesting looking back on my 2018 reading challenge to suddenly realize that Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts was my second book of the year (and first graphic novel), just like Kristy's Great Idea is my second read of 2019. Make your bookish purchases through my Amazon Affiliate. I’ll make a small commission! Kristy's Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier: This review and more can be found on my blog.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    4.5 stars To say I liked this series when I was a kid doesn't adequately cover it. Between the original series, the super specials, the mysteries, and spin-off series with Karen, I owned around 200 of these books. (Thank you Mom for taking me to B. Dalton at the mall every month to purchase them! Sorry Dad that they are still in your basement because I don't have room for them at my house!) And these weren't books I read one time and then moved on to the next. These were my comfort reading so eve 4.5 stars To say I liked this series when I was a kid doesn't adequately cover it. Between the original series, the super specials, the mysteries, and spin-off series with Karen, I owned around 200 of these books. (Thank you Mom for taking me to B. Dalton at the mall every month to purchase them! Sorry Dad that they are still in your basement because I don't have room for them at my house!) And these weren't books I read one time and then moved on to the next. These were my comfort reading so everything was read multiple times. Given Kristy's Great Idea was the first in the series and one of my favorites, I probably read it at least 10 times. So yes, I was very excited to see this book in graphic novel form. And for the most part, I thought it turned out well. This is the book that obviously sets up the rest of the series as Kristy comes up with the idea to start a baby sitting business with her friends. There were actually some interesting side plots that as an adult I can appreciate more because Ann M. Martin did attempt to add some substance to the books. Kristy is dealing with her mother dating someone as well as having a father who really isn't in the picture. There's also Mary Anne dealing with an overprotective father, Claudia and her relationship with her genius sister, and Stacey and her mysterious eating habits. Honestly the only thing I didn't like about the graphic novel was the illustrations of the girls' faces. They just weren't very appealing especially Claudia and Stacey although I did think the rest of the graphics turned out nicely and really captured the book quite well. Definitely recommend as I think this is a graphic novel that will appeal to people of all ages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    As someone who grew up on the BSC series, this was definitely a really lovely trip through nostalgia, though I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if this had been something brand new to me. The story is still fun and the art is pretty but the dialogue feels kind of unnatural and strange.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    IT IS GORGEOUS OMG!!!! Anyone who knows me knows of my love for all things BSC. They were my favourites as a child, they are my favourites as an adult. I obsessively collect anything BSC, and I like it. I was hella excited when the first graphic novel came out almost nine (!!!) years ago, and I fell in love immediately. Raina Telgemeier's illustrations suit the story and the characters perfectly, and she did an excellent job of translating the novel into a more visual format. (And an anecdote: IT IS GORGEOUS OMG!!!! Anyone who knows me knows of my love for all things BSC. They were my favourites as a child, they are my favourites as an adult. I obsessively collect anything BSC, and I like it. I was hella excited when the first graphic novel came out almost nine (!!!) years ago, and I fell in love immediately. Raina Telgemeier's illustrations suit the story and the characters perfectly, and she did an excellent job of translating the novel into a more visual format. (And an anecdote: I lived at home when these first came out, and my brother took both the graphic novel and the actual book - without telling me - and looked through them both. He commented to me when he was returning them that the adaptation was pretty spot-on, and he was pretty impressed about that.) So, needless to say, I was even more pumped about the full-colour versions being released thanks to Raina's popularity. And I was not disappointed. (Not that I thought I could be.) The colouring is beautiful, everything looks better than I ever could have imagined. It's like breathing more new life into the books I cherish, and even though I've read Kristy's Great Idea like thirty-thousand times, reading it in full colour was like I was reading it for the first time. Really hope that this introduces the Baby-sitters Club to a new group of readers, and really can't wait for the next one to come out!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    laaaaames

    I don't know why I'm still so obsessed with the Babysitters' Club, but I am, and I accept that, and I probably should hold Ann M. Martin and her staff of ghostwriters responsible for my current writing ability, but instead I'll tell you that this graphic novel version will give you lots of warm fuzzies, get rid of some of the "OH PLEASE" moments you'd be having if you were rereading the actual novel and not this adapted version, and that I wish Raina Telgemeir was doing THE ENTIRE SERIES. (Especi I don't know why I'm still so obsessed with the Babysitters' Club, but I am, and I accept that, and I probably should hold Ann M. Martin and her staff of ghostwriters responsible for my current writing ability, but instead I'll tell you that this graphic novel version will give you lots of warm fuzzies, get rid of some of the "OH PLEASE" moments you'd be having if you were rereading the actual novel and not this adapted version, and that I wish Raina Telgemeir was doing THE ENTIRE SERIES. (Especially the Super Specials.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    kazually

    loved the art, characters, and the plot! this is such a fun, easy story to read and i read it in one sitting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    That was so cute and quick I'm glad I read it and I Definetly want to read the next three books!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I devoured this book last night. How fun- I was such a fan of the BSC as a kid and it's great to live through these characters' stories in a new way. Divorce, diabetes, weird babysitting jobs... it's all still relevant. I was so impressed, I wrote an email to Raina Telgemeier, adapter/illustrator today. She wrote me back and was so sweet! She said she'd let me know when she's in Austin. How cool is that? I can't wait to read the 2nd and 3rd issues, and apparently Raina just finished the 4th, as I devoured this book last night. How fun- I was such a fan of the BSC as a kid and it's great to live through these characters' stories in a new way. Divorce, diabetes, weird babysitting jobs... it's all still relevant. I was so impressed, I wrote an email to Raina Telgemeier, adapter/illustrator today. She wrote me back and was so sweet! She said she'd let me know when she's in Austin. How cool is that? I can't wait to read the 2nd and 3rd issues, and apparently Raina just finished the 4th, as well, so it'll be out soon!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ambre Lanes

    This book is so good

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ciara

    a graphic novel version of the book. very cute, & very true to the original book. just about everything is in there, from kristy feeling strange about claudia wearing make-up, to everyone making up rules to liven up watson's fondue dinner, to kristy's essay on decorum. the only significant change i noted was that rinbows are now in, rather than sheep. i was a little sad, because i really wanted to see a little cartoon claudia say, "sheep are in," but i'll get over it. oh, the other change i a graphic novel version of the book. very cute, & very true to the original book. just about everything is in there, from kristy feeling strange about claudia wearing make-up, to everyone making up rules to liven up watson's fondue dinner, to kristy's essay on decorum. the only significant change i noted was that rinbows are now in, rather than sheep. i was a little sad, because i really wanted to see a little cartoon claudia say, "sheep are in," but i'll get over it. oh, the other change i noticed: when stacey sits for david michael for the first time, she wears a sweatshirt dress with a big yellow number 10 on it, but in the comic, she was just wearing non-descript NYC sophisticate clothes. for some reason, i remember the number 10 thing really vividly & would have liked to see it. apparently i have a whole section of my brain just for cataloguing outfits worn by members of the babysitters club. but the drawings are great. the girls all look age-appropriate & the story maintains a certain timeless quality. maybe the characters even get to express a little extra personality by being drawn. i'd never really thought of charlie as anything other than a laid-bank lunkhead, but he really looked like a kind of suave high school dude in the drawings. even karen looked a little cuter than she does in my imagination. & boo boo was adorable. i liked how his fangs were on display.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Growing up I LOVED The Babysitters Club books. I read them all the time. I was at Half Price Books and noticed this graphic novel version of the first book. It was a fast read but it took me back to my childhood. I hadn't read about Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, or Stacey in probably 20 years. The artwork was great and I like how they didn't try to "modernize" the story, they left it how it was back in the 80s. I think if you were a fan of The BSC, you will definitely enjoy this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Xueting

    Read this in less than 2 hours yesterday and it was awwwwesommmmme! My childhood and pre-teen book series were Sweet Valley Jr High, July Blume books, Jacqueline Wilson and Jean Ure books, some Alice books, and A series of unfortunate events, and I wish the baby-sitters club series was on my list too. I always saw the books in the libraries but I never read them! Now reading this graphic adaptation I wish I read them even more! So excited to read this whole graphic series!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

    Loved it so much - it brought me back to my childhood days of reading this series.The art was amazingly good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    In my childhood bedroom, I had an entire shelf dedicated to the Baby-Sitters club. Going into a re-booted, graphic series made me wary. Could we really capture all the magic and awesomeness of the original series? The answer? Yes! This was fantastic. I read the entire book aloud to my son who also loved it. Graphic Kristy is just as bossy and meddling as she always was, and Claudia is equally dismissive and cool. I thought, being a re-boot, they would update it a bit. But no. The kids still obsess In my childhood bedroom, I had an entire shelf dedicated to the Baby-Sitters club. Going into a re-booted, graphic series made me wary. Could we really capture all the magic and awesomeness of the original series? The answer? Yes! This was fantastic. I read the entire book aloud to my son who also loved it. Graphic Kristy is just as bossy and meddling as she always was, and Claudia is equally dismissive and cool. I thought, being a re-boot, they would update it a bit. But no. The kids still obsess over G.I. Joe and Rainbow Brite in true 80s fandom. The artwork is perfect too. Bold, colorful, and animated. If you loved the original series or you’re a new fan, this is a great introduction to the BSC.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    The full colour edition is gorgeous. I remember seeing the original version of this series at my library, when I was around eleven years old, and I always meant to read it someday, but I wasn’t excited about it then because there was no colour and I loved coloured graphic novels. So I’m definitely happy and I’m sure fans of this series are happy too. I’m also happy this series ended up being a success, otherwise the colouring would never have happened. I’ve read previous works from Raina Telgemei The full colour edition is gorgeous. I remember seeing the original version of this series at my library, when I was around eleven years old, and I always meant to read it someday, but I wasn’t excited about it then because there was no colour and I loved coloured graphic novels. So I’m definitely happy and I’m sure fans of this series are happy too. I’m also happy this series ended up being a success, otherwise the colouring would never have happened. I’ve read previous works from Raina Telgemeier, so I knew I would like this right away. But it still surprised me. It’s not unusual for graphic novels to entertain me and pull me into their worlds. However, I did not expect this story to feel so right. As I read it, I remembered all the times my friends and I would create new games and find creative ways of getting money. It brought me back to my childhood and for that I am extremely grateful to this book. All of the characters are realistic and relatable, especially Kristy, the main character in this volume. Although there is attention given to Kristy’s friends, the plot centers on the relationship between Kristy, her mother and her soon-to-become stepfather. Kristy does not like the man her mother is dating. It’s awkward for her to see her mom with someone other than her father, but the Baby-Sitters Club ends up helping her deal with this issue. Very heart-warming, engaging and timeless. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I was more of a Goosebumps fan than a Babysitter's Club fan when I was a kid, but I recall the way kids in my elementary school would go crazy for the books featuring the preteen entrepreneurs with their successful suburban babysitting business. I think Telgemeier did a phenomenal job at capturing all the teenage Nineties nostalgia of the book series while adding some modernity to the story with a full-colour graphic novel format.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (BOOKadoodles)

    A #GetGraphic read—-ALL THE NOSTALGIA. I grew up reading the Babysitters Little Sister books, so the fact that Karen & Andrew and Boo-Boo were featured in here brought back warm feelings of my childhood reading experience. I love how colorful and cartoonish Raina Telgemeier’s art style is, and I’ll definitely be continuing with this series. Literally had a grin plastered on my face the entire time, no shame.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mari Johnston

    This was my first Baby-Sitters Club experience and I loved it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I’m very glad this was created! It’s introducing a whole new group of readers to the BSC. I paired my read of this GN with the original text, and it was a perfect match. The artwork is beautiful, and it gives a little update to the text.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I heard about this graphic novel version of the first book in The Babysitters Club series right as I started rereading and revisiting favorite books from my childhood. The illustrations enhance this awesome story. I'm so glad I read this! This would make a great gift for any former or current BSC fan!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Major nostalgia feels! I loved this series as a kid. My favorite babysitter was always Stacey, I think because I could relate to her the most. I liked Kristy a lot too. The graphic novel followed the book almost exactly so I liked that. The artwork was cute, although I will admit I pictured them to look somewhat differently. I can’t wait to read more of these graphic novels.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I grew up reading The Baby Sitters Club. So of course I had to give the graphic novel a try. Especially since it is written by Raina Telgemeier, who I love. The pictures are definitely cute and I feel like they captured the essence of the characters. It was fun to re live the books, but it wasn't anything amazing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    This was a fun read!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Messaline

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Enterprising Kristy starts essentially a babysitting empire, I mean business with three other girls. I’ve never read the original, really popular books, and figured I’d finally check out a story. As I’ve enjoyed other books by Raina Telgemeir, the comic seemed like the way to go. And this was enjoyable. It’s light, but with more serious elements (a parent contemplating remarrying, an absent father, type 1 diabetes, etc.) making for a more complex story than the comic’s bright colours imply.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Belardi

    I was a huge BSC fan and this did not disappoint! Very well done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    16clairei

    Graphic novels can be anything from a comedy to a tragedy. They can tell a true story or a made up story in a more interesting and unique way. I read the book The Baby-sitters Club by Raina Telgemeier. This book is a realistic fiction graphic novel. Which means, this could really happen but isn’t necessarily a true story. This book has ink drawings in black and white. I liked them because they aren’t very detailed. The book takes place inside the character's homes. They are either at their house Graphic novels can be anything from a comedy to a tragedy. They can tell a true story or a made up story in a more interesting and unique way. I read the book The Baby-sitters Club by Raina Telgemeier. This book is a realistic fiction graphic novel. Which means, this could really happen but isn’t necessarily a true story. This book has ink drawings in black and white. I liked them because they aren’t very detailed. The book takes place inside the character's homes. They are either at their houses holding a meeting, or at clients houses baby-sitting. This book is about a group of girls who started a club, where they baby-sit for kids, and are able to help each other find jobs and advertise. They run into many problems on the way, and have to find solutions. The first character's name is Kristy. Kristy had the idea of the baby-sitters club, and is the president of the club. Another character is Claudia. Claudia is the Vice President of the club she helps make a lot of the decisions. Next is Mary Anne. She is the secretary, and is a big rule follower. The last character in the club is Stacy. She is the treasurer. She is also new to their town and doesn't have very many friends. The conflict in this book was when the main character Kristy didn't want her mom to get married to a guy named Watson. She also refuses to baby-sit for his kids, but soon learns that his kids are very nice, and cool. This book is very realistic, and believable, if you like books like that, then you should definitely read the book The baby-sitters Club by Raina Telgemeier! I love reading graphic novels because they are a very fun way to learn about different topics. They are usually quick reads and hold your attention for a long time. My favorite part of reading this book, was that as soon as I finished this book, I started the next one in the series. I couldn’t stop. I also liked it a lot, because I read these books when I was younger and I enjoyed coming back to them. My least favorite part The Baby-sitters Club was the very beginning, because I thought there wasn't much that happened and it went a little slow. But after about the first 20 pages, it started to pick up and got really good. When I was reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking I would read just one more page until I ended up finishing the book. If you like realistic fiction and books that are in a series, then you would love this book. It will definitely keep you intrigued. I thought that the way the artist didn't use tons of details was good because it made your eyes draw to the more important pictures. One motif was their notebook, because they kept notes of how their babysitting jobs went. They used it in between each chapter, which sort of wrapped up the chapters at the end. One of the main themes of this book is not to judge people, if you don't really know them. When Kristy really gets to know Watson's kids, she learns that she had misjudged them. One thing you could gain from this is that you will want to read more of the books in the series as soon as you finish the first one. Overall, I would rate it 4 1/2 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    I thought it was a very good book and I loved the way the story was put together

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    I was so excited when I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation of the BSC but I'll admit reading it mostly made me feel old - especially once I realized I was probably the same age as some of the parents that were hiring Kristy and her friends - a fact that was particularly obvious given the illustrations. That said, my personal issues set aside this is a great adaptation and I think young readers will eat this up - the key parts of the story are there and the illustrations a I was so excited when I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation of the BSC but I'll admit reading it mostly made me feel old - especially once I realized I was probably the same age as some of the parents that were hiring Kristy and her friends - a fact that was particularly obvious given the illustrations. That said, my personal issues set aside this is a great adaptation and I think young readers will eat this up - the key parts of the story are there and the illustrations are spot-on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miri

    This format makes it feel a lot less old-fashioned, even though at the same time it stays very true to the originals, all the way down to dialogue. Raina Telgemeier was the perfect person for this job.

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