“The Babysitters Club” Reread Part 1

Thanks to the “Babysitters Club Club” podcast, I’ve decided to dive back in to many of my childhood favorites and reread them. Rather than write elaborate reviews of each BSC book, I’ll make one post per four books read. These posts might look just a little different than most of my review posts, but I thought it would be fun!

Kristy’s Great Idea

Quick Statistics

  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished July 25, 2017

Official Synopsis

Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!

Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls

Quick Statistics

  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished August 2, 2017

Official Synopsis

Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey have had some strange adventures since they started the Baby-sitters Club. But nothing’s been as spooky as what’s going on right now. The baby-sitters have been getting mysterious phone calls when they’re out on their jobs. When a phone rings and they pick up, there’s no one on the other end of the line.

Claudia’s sure it’s the Phantom Caller, a jewel thief who’s been operating in the area. Claudia has always liked reading mysteries, but she doesn’t like it when they happen to her. So she and the baby-sitters decide to take action – with some very mixed results!

The Truth About Stacey

Quick Statistics

  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished August 8, 2017

Official Synopsis

The truth about Stacey is that she has diabetes. Nobody knows… except her friends in the Baby-sitters Club.

But even they don’t know the real truth about Stacey. Stacey’s problem is her parents. They won’t admit she has the disease, and they drag her to practically every doctor in America!

Seeing so many doctors made Stacey lose one friend, and she won’t let it happen again. Especially now – when the Baby-sitters Club needs her more than ever.

Mary Anne Saves the Day

Quick Statistics

  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished August 24, 2017

Official Synopsis

Mary Anne has never been a leader of the Baby-sitters Club. She’s left that up to Kristy… or Claudia… or Stacey. But now there’s a big fight among the four friends, and Mary Anne doesn’t have them to depend on anymore.

It’s bad enough when she’s left alone at the lunch table at school. But when she has to baby-sit a sick child without any help from the club members, Mary Anne knows it’s time to take charge.

The Baby-sitters Club is going to fall apart unless somebody does something – fast. Maybe it’s time for Mary Anne to step in and save the day!

 

My Thoughts/Summary

I realize now that I do this “re-read”, it isn’t really a re-read. I read some of these books growing up, and I knew who Kristy was because she was always my favorite. I realized too that I watched a lot of the short lived television show. Some of these books are really obviously dated, but I really love it. They’re almost comforting.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the BSC, Kristy Thomas and her friends are babysitters and Kristy comes up with a great idea to combine into a baby sitters club. This way, families can call one number and get four babysitters. The series follows the girls as their club grows, and you see their clientele as well as the lovely town of Stoneybrook. One thing you’ll realize very quickly about Stoneybrook is oddly enough felonies happen in almost every single book, but it’s still considered a very safe place to live.

The first book, follows the creation of the club, and is from Kristy’s point of view. Each book follows a different sitter, although you hear from all of them in each book. The next book is from Claudia’s point of view. Claudia lives across the street from Kristy, and is the “artsy” one. There’s a robber in Stoneybrook in this one, who calls to see if people are home before robbing the house. Turns out for the sitters it’s just boys who want to take them to a dance (I know, weird).  The third book is from Stacey’s point of view, and we follow her trip to New York to meet a new doctor for her diabetes. The doctor is a quack though, and she fights her parents because she is smart. In the last book of this review, Mary Anne is the point of view, and the sitters all get into a fight with each other! Mary Anne meets Dawn, and she ends up joining the BSC!

All in all, these are classics, and a fun trip down memory lane. Some of the quotes are really dated like calling people “foxy”, but it’s been a fun project so far, and listening to “The Babysitters Club Club” podcast after each book has been fun as well.

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