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Kristy's Great Idea Kristy thinks the Babysitters 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 funand make tons of moneyBut nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable twoyearolds, wild pets, and parents who don't always tell the truth And then there's Stacey, who's acting and mysterious Having a babysitters club isn't easy, but Kristy and her friends aren't giving up until they get it right!

  • Paperback
  • 153 pages
  • Kristy's Great Idea
  • Ann M. Martin
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
  • 9780590224734

10 thoughts on “Kristy's Great Idea

  1. karen karen says:

    okay, so i have never babysat a day in my life. is it surprising that no one would entrust their little precious dumplings to my care??

    however - i loved these books. and lately, i have found my mind drifting back to this series, and i kind of want to read them again, is that bad?? they were such a huge part of my early reading life - i read them ever so many times, and took my favorite ones on vacation with me year after year when my mom told me i could bring a friend.(is that super sad?) i still remember tons of tiny details about the series:

    i remember that kristy burned her mouth on pizza in book one.

    i remember that mary-anne's father told her she could buy a bikini as long as the bottom was decent (guess he didn't mind seeing her boobs hanging all over the place)

    i remember that claudia's sister's iq was 196.

    just stupid little facts, but i remember more about this series than i do about actual people i know (i recently got back in touch with one of my favorite people from high school and she mentioned that her brother just got engaged, and i was like - dude, you have a brother? however, i know that kristy had three (charlie, sam, and david michael))

    bsc was my introduction to camus (and you had better believe i mispronounced that shit. also janine for some reason i rhymed it with canine in my head.) see how cute i was??

    but what is the appeal of a series like this to a girl like me, who never wanted children, and preferred stuffed animals to dolls and never wanted even to be around other children?? was it just because i was a voracious reader, and these books came out so quickly that there was always something new? was it just for me to learn how to socialize with more normal girls with more traditional goals and mindsets? was it just because i had a mad crush on claudia and wanted to find all her hidden candy stashes? was it just because of the depth of characterization and high-lit postmodern flourishes of ann m martin?

    it's anyone's guess really, but i feel like these stories, read so long ago, are nonetheless deeply ingrained on my brain. and lo!

    i found a baby sitters club chronology,and i realize i only ever got up to number 24! so many more to read! plus super specials and bsc mysteries and baby sitter's little sister and super specials and bsc friends forever, whatever those are. i might just toss proust in the corner and regress and only read this series for the rest of my life.

    but i looked at some silly timeline this on the internet, and now i have spoiled it - i know all the future events!! there is trauma and death and fire and leaving and returning and getting kicked out (!) of bsc!! (what did she do???)

    also, in researching to figure out where i stopped reading them, i found this woman whose bsc reviews own my heart now.

    i thank you for indulging me in what is in no way a book review, but a little squee of nostalgia from me to you.

    p.s. - i hate hate hate the new covers.

    come to my blog!

  2. Ariel Ariel says:

    I am firmly convinced that, years hence, when Ann M Martin no longer graces the mortal coil with her presence, scholars will reflect upon the deceptively simple narrative lines of the Baby-Sitter's Club #1 and will discover the singing truths of human experience encoded in the mundane details of affluent suburban youth.

    Like so many heroines before, Kristy attempts to reconcile her desire for autonomy with the crippling social restrictions on young females with her suburban Connecticut neighborhood. Spurred on by her desire to gain financial independence, she forms an alliance with colleagues and attempts to find revenue streams through traditionally female child-rearing activities.

    Their fragile attempts to break into the adult world are scattered. A single dangling earring, a pair of brighly-hued shoes, the jingle of a bag of hidden candy: each of these is a clever cipher placed carefully by Martin, a reminder of the delicate balance between subjugation and freedom.

  3. amandalee amandalee says:

    I am using the first Baby-Sitter's Club to represent the approximately, I don't know, 100 plus BSC novels I not only read, but owned, in my late elementary / early middle school years. I was in love with these novels and even belonged to the BSC Book Club, where two novels (in sequential order) were mailed to me every month (or bimonthly, I don't really remember). I was gifted the BSC board game, which was terrible, but amusing. My sisters and I even used these novels as textbooks when we played dorm room (I know, what weird, nerdy kids we were). Looking back, I realize that these novels were terribly written. However, they illustrated to a young and somewhat impressionable child that it was okay to be any type of girl one wanted to be (sporty, into fashion, about saving the earth, etc.) and the members of the BSC entertained me for hours on end.

    **Note: The BSC novels are ranked five stars simply to emphasize the many hours of reading bliss and entertainment they provided, and should not be misinterpreted as a reflection of their literary value.

  4. Sara Sara says:

    I loved these books when I was younger. Really loved. I had all the 'Specials' volumes (my favourite was always #9 where they put on Peter Pan at the school and Jessie turns into a mean diva), and most of the original series. Stacey was my favourite of the original quartet. She's the epitamy of 80's cool, with her New York City living, high fashion, boy crazy personality. Stacey and Sam were ultimate couple goals.

    This was a lovely little walk down memory lane with the first book in the series, where we see Kristy come up with her 'big idea' for the club. Taking phone calls in Claudia's room a couple of times a week for half an hour. As an adult with children I really needed to suspend my cynical disbelief - I'm never going to trust a 12 year old I haven't met with my children (my kids would eat them alive). And I wouldn't call a phone line where you can contact the sitters for half an hour every few days accessible, but you know... as a kid I ate this shit up.

    I still hate Karen though. Precocious is an understatement and I feel deeply sorry for her next door neighbour. Also, not sure why Kristy turned down a regular job looking after a rich woman's two dogs. Way easier to deal with than kids. Expand your business Kristy! Think of the possibilities!

    Fond memories and 80s/90s realness. I love it.

  5. Erin Erin says:

    An irresistible re-read for 2018


    The Baby-sitters Club was a concrete part of my 90's childhood. I use to take 3-4 books outside and read them in an afternoon. My cousins and I even wanted to start our own babysitters club!!

    Just today ( October 15th, 2018) Goodreads posted a blog celebrating 80's YA paperbacks and my Elementary school still had Babysitters books so I just had to grab a few and take a walk down memory lane.

    Kristin (Kristy) Amanda Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Mary Ann Spier, and Stacey McGill are the four founding members of the club living in Stoneybrook Connecticut.

    Kristy is a tomboy with two older brothers, Charlie and Sam, and one younger brother, David Michael. The four are being raised by their mother, their father is in California and rarely contacts his children. Kristy deals with her mother dating Watson, also divorced and father of his own two precocious children o -Karen( 5) and Andrew(3). Kristy is as bossy as I remember, but my brother would probably make a joke about how I was bossy too( leadership skills, bro!)

    Claudia lives with her mother and father, genius older sister, Janine, and their much beloved Grandmother Mimi. Both sets of Claudia 's grandparents immigrated to the United States from Japan. As an aside, it's something I notice now that I didn't when I was a kid, but in the first number of books, an Asian model is not used to depict Claudia.

    Mary Ann is an only child who lives with her widowed father. Her mother died of cancer when she was very young. A sheltered girl, Kristy feels superprotective of her best friend and she and Mary Ann are fiercely loyal friends. Mary Ann's stories were always a joy for me too!

    Stacey( perhaps my favorite character in the books) is newly arrived with her parents from the Big Apple. Quickly, Stacey and Claudia are on their way to becoming fast friends. But Stacey remains secretive and Kristy is dying to know.

    These books are so ingrained in shaping me as a reader that their appeal hasn't changed over time.

  6. Jenna Jenna says:

    Like so many '90s kids, I was obsessed with The Baby-sitters Club. OBSESSED. I still have most of my collection (I sadly got rid of the many doubles I had), but I haven't really revisited the series as an adult. I was afraid that they'd feel really dated and it would tarnish the memory I have of them.

    But yesterday the nostalgia got too much for me and I decided to pick up Kristy's Great Idea for the first time in about 20 years. And while aspects of the plot certainly are dated (so much of it hinges on the use of landlines), I was surprised by how much I still enjoyed the book – and especially how much I enjoyed the character of Kristy.

    I was never really a Kristy girl. I had little in common with the outgoing, sporty, boy-hating president of the BSC. Her big mouth and bossiness annoyed me at times. But as an adult I've got to say I actually loved those things about her. From the very first line of the book, she hooked me: The Baby-sitters Club. I'm proud to say it was totally my idea. That line feels audacious in a way it probably shouldn't. I mean, we're still having conversations about how female protagonists are frequently criticised for being unlikeable, yet here is Kristy Thomas, bragging about her intelligence from the first page, and being lectured by her teacher for lacking decorum on the second, and not really giving a fuck about any of it, except that it means she has extra homework. She's a 12-year-old girl who doesn't care what others think, who speaks her mind, who not only comes up with brilliant ideas but puts them into action, who makes mistakes and is sometimes rude and messy but tries to learn and grow. What a gift of a character – even if I didn't fully appreciate her when I was young.

    I also loved that there was space for Kristy's complex feelings about her family and friendships. I got the feeling that The Baby-sitters Club was as much a desperate attempt to keep her changing friendship group from splintering as it was about trying to make money or solve her mum's problem of not being able to find a sitter. So yeah, I may have gotten a little emotional at the last line: I hoped that Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I – The Baby-sitters Club – would stay together for a long time. BECAUSE THEY DID, YOU GUYS. THEY DID.

    Anyway, I didn't expect to get so soppy about this book, so let me quickly sum up some other random observations I had while reading:

    • This very much feels like an origin story where the characters we know and love are yet to reach their most well-known forms. Like, Kristy never once wears jeans and a turtleneck! She wears skirts and blouses with knee-high socks (oh my!).

    • Speaking of clothes, there were 4 detailed outfit descriptions (two Claudia, two Stacey), and they were all as delightfully bonkers as I remember. My favourite is Claudia's, when she wears a baggy yellow-and-black checked shirt, black pants, red jazz shoes, and a bracelet that looked like it was made from telephone cord. Her earrings were dangling jointed skeletons.

    • Also at one point Claudia tells Kristy she still dresses like a baby, and when Kristy points out Claudia is wearing sheep barrettes, this happens: 'Sheep,' Claudia informed me witheringly, 'are in.' Incredible.

    • On the subject of Claudia and Kristy, a big undercurrent of the book, as I mentioned above, is the growing divide between them, best summed up in this amazing description of Claudia: She's wearing a bra, and the way she talks, you'd think boys had just been invented. There are several mentions of Claudia's obsession with boys, and Kristy's utter lack of interest in them, meanwhile Kristy tells Claudia she’s beautiful. And on one hand this is all a very normal part of growing up and people developing at different stages and in different ways, and on the other hand I think we can all agree Kristy DEFINITELY has a secret crush on Claudia.

    • Even though this is a Kristy book, I love that all the girls go on their own journeys, and by the end Mary Anne is standing up to her dad, Claudia is negotiating time spent on art vs homework with her parents, and Stacey tells the other girls about her diabetes (which leads to a really nice moment where Kristy tells her she has nothing to be ashamed of).

    • I totally shipped Stacey and Kristy’s brother, Sam, when I was young, and I still do tbh. I mean, Sam thinks Stacey is a “foxy chick” and she thinks he’s a “gorgeous hunk”. It’s obviously meant to be. Even Kristy thinks so – she has the “BSC is a success” slumber party at her house party so Stacey can see Sam again. Nothing but respect for MY president.

    • I feel VERY OLD saying this but I was shook that Stacey, at age 12, is allowed out until 10pm on weekends, and David Michael, age 6, walks home from school by himself and has his own house key. Don’t even get me started on 12-year-olds being left alone to care for small children/going to houses of families they don’t know. At one point, when Kristy shows up at a house and there are no kids around, even SHE begins to think she might get murdered. It turns out that she’s there to care for two dogs, but it COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE and it feels like this prospect is just never addressed again (I guess, as the series goes on, they actually know all the families, BUT STILL).

    • BTW the fact that Kristy bans pet-sitting after the dog job was perhaps her worst idea (excepting the one in book 100, Kristy’s Worst Idea) because it’s an easy way they all could have made more money.

    • Speaking of dogs, Louie the collie made me weirdly emotional, I vaguely remember that he dies at one point and I'm not ready for it (should I continue rereading this series? Is that ridiculous? Do I care?).

    • I got to the end of the book and discovered I’d filled in the notebook pages using my squiggle pen at age 11. Highlights include me believing I was most like Claudia (wishful thinking), and saying that if I ever wrote a BSC book it would be about “boys” (I was as boy-crazy as Stacey...and still am tbh). Also the fact that I wanted to start my own club called the “Pre-teen Sensations”, where we’d have no officers and no meetings, but a lot of fun.

    • Of course, the character I am really most like is Boo Boo. The fat, cursed attack cat, who looks like “a pillow with legs attached” and doesn’t like to be touched by strangers. A legend.

  7. Rhiannon Rhiannon says:

    The Baby-Sitters Club was a success. I, Kristin Amanda Thomas, had made it work. - Kristy, accepting the 1986 Mahatma Ghandi Award for Most Humble 12-Year Old Ever

    Was Claudia described as having almond-shaped eyes:
    Surprisingly, no. Although she was described as exotic.

    Was Mimi's accent described as rolling:
    Nope

    How many times was the word incredulously used:
    Twice

    What Would Claudia Wear:
    -Short, very baggy lavender plaid overalls, a white lacy blouse, a black fedora, red high-top sneakers with no socks

    -A baggy yellow and black checked shirt, black pants, red jazz shoes, a bracelet that looked like a telephone cord, and dangling, jointed skeleton earrings

    -An outrageous red felt hat

    What About Stacey?
    -Stacey was wearing a pink sweatshirt with sequins and a large purple parrot on the front, short, tight-fitting jeans with zippers up the outsides of the legs, and pink plastic shoes.

    -A matching top and skirt made out of gray sweatshirt material with big, yellow number tens all over it, hair clips shaped like rainbows, and little silver whistles dangling from her ears

    -Red plaid wool pants with red suspenders (What the f*ck is it with
    these girls and suspenders?
    )

    Quit letting 12-Year Olds Watch Your Goddamn Kids
    Oh my gosh, I cried. I forgot! It's Tuesday...Tuesday is my day to
    watch David Michael. I'm supposed to beat him home. Otherwise, he gets
    home first and has to watch himself. David Michael is my 6-year old brother.

    So, what about this baby-sitting club? Well, I replied... [After much discussion and negligence] We were interrupted by a thump and a wail. Jamie had fallen off one of the swings.

    Awwwwwwwwwkward
    Are your parents divorced, too? I asked.
    Nope. They've been married for fifteen years.
    Mine have been married for twenty.
    My mother died when I was a baby, said Mary Anne quietly. She had cancer.
    Stacey looked embarrassed. Well, I really better go...

    Bitch!
    I'm sorry, Watson. I mumbled. I walked out of the kitchen and up the stairs. When I was halfway up, I yelled over my shoulder, I'm sorry you're a terrible father!

    Really, Kristy! A sweater with snowflakes and snowmen on it? You look like a four year old.
    Well, you've got sheep barrettes in your hair! I yelled. You think
    they're adult?
    Sheep, Claudia informed me witheringly. are in.

    Are you accusing my mother of lying? Stacey cried.
    I thought for a moment. I guess so.

    Srsly. Ew!
    [Over fondue], Watson made this rule that if your bread fell off your fork and landed in the cheese, you had to kiss the person sitting on your right...And then, it happened. I was just sticking my fork into the pot when my bread fell off and landed in the cheese. Guess who was on my right? Watson.
    Kiss daddy, kiss daddy! cried Karen.

  8. Rosaline (Rosaline& Rosaline (Rosaline& says:

    Ok, so this was better than New York, New York!, but still it wasn't a wowzer for me.
    This is the first book in The Baby-Sitters Club series, and I think the mother of all the related books and series.
    This is not the type of book I would normally read. If it weren't for this Lava Challenge I'm participating in, I would have never picked this book up to begin with. But these reading challenges are forcing me out of my comfort-zone and I am finding different aspects of myself that I never knew existed. Who knew I could get through children/ middle grade books without wanting to vomit. Or falling asleep!

    I think this is a cute series, with interesting enough characters who would appeal to their age group. The books are not boring, and you can find fun adventures within its pages.
    What I like most about them though, is how real the characters are. I find it beautiful how they could be any of us as a child. I mean, we've all been there with those thoughts and actions. Not me though! I didn't like to spend time with children even as a kid!

    So yeah, the books are good enough. And they feel so much like another decade and that's just so fun for me to read.

  9. Mike Lawson Mike Lawson says:

    This book made me feel guilty. As a little soon-to-be gay boy in the 1980s, I watched my older sister devour the Baby-Sitters Club series. She just ate them up. And I learned at a young age it wasn’t “appropriate” for young boys to like the same things as their sisters.

    “Michael, take off those Madonna gloves!”

    When I picked up the first of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club series, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of guilt. Kristy’s Great Idea is book #1, and about Krsity Thomas’ idea of forming a Baby-Sitters Union…only they call it a “club.” They come together for pointless meetings, vote on matters, and collectively bargain for prices and advertising space.

    It was pretty obvious to me why these books were popular. They had everything a young-adult wants to see in a book: kids making money without relying on their parents, Kristy’s hate for her mother’s fiance, Stacey’s eating-disorder-that-turns-out-to-be-diabetes, Claudia and her frustrating older sister, Mary Anne’s over-protective father.

    It was obvious from this first book that this is a series that many great kid’s series used as the prototype.

    If I was going to complain about something, I might point out how each of these girls is a walking character-type, but I’ll see how that unfolds in the next 9 books (I’ve made a commitment to read the first ten in the series).

    It feels really great to look at a book series like this one that brought my older sister so much joy and to finally be able to get excited about these books publicly. The Corey Haim fascination I secretly shared with her 20 years ago, however, will never be acted upon.

  10. Lauren R. Lauren R. says:

    I don't feel like taking the time to add the whole series. But C'mon, you know you read them...all 549085290 of them AND the spin-offs. Looking back, they were terribly written and not realistic at all...But that didn't stop us from dressing like Claudia or trying to start our own BSC.

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