The first time I ever read a Baby-Sitter’s Club book was during my Young Adult Literature class in library school. Sure, I’d known about the series for years, but I was already too old for them when they were first released in 1986, so I never had a reason to pick one up. I’d made plenty of assumptions about the books over the years, though, so when I my professor assigned the class to read a book from the series, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of literature. To my surprise, I enjoyed the book and found it easy to understand why the series had become a favorite with upper elementary and middle school-aged girls. So, years later, I wasn’t surprised at all to find myself enjoying Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel adaptation of the seventh book in the series.
Claudia is tired of always being compared to her brainy older sister Janine. While Janine is lauded by her parents for working on her computer, taking extra classes, and getting straight As, Claudia struggles to stay afloat in every subject except art. The two girls are barely civil with each other and Claudia often feels like her grandmother Mimi is her only ally in the house. But when Mimi has a stroke, the sisters are forced to confront their jealousies and learn to work together in order to make sure Mimi gets the care she needs….
The Baby-sitter’s Club Graphic Novel, vol. 4: Claudia and Mean Janine
By Raina Telgemeier