The Baby-Sitters Club series has become part of the reading experience of an entire generation of young girls. With this adaptation of the books into the graphic novel format, The Baby-Sitters Club may now capture the hearts of a new generation of readers. This book re-tells the story told in the first Baby-Sitters Club novel– four girls get together to form a baby-sitting service. The girls aren’t just dealing with starting a business, though: Stacey debates about revealing the fact that she’s diabetic to the others while Kristy deals with getting a new step-dad.

Raina Telgemeier’s art works so well with this book that it seems as if The Baby-Sitters Club should have been told as a graphic novel originally. The book is entirely in black and white, and the minimalistic line drawings have a very ‘teen’ feel to them–the book seems more influenced by illustrations in young adult novels than either by manga or a more American comics style. This gives the book a very familiar feel that will make it very accessible to people who have never picked up a graphic novel before.

The Baby-Sitters Club, vol. 1: Kristy’s Great Idea
by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Raina Telgemeier
ISBN: 9780439871655
Scholastic, 2006

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