Baby-Sitters Club Boxed Set #1 by Ann M. MartinIm not going to bother listing the whole series, but I read quite a few of them (maybe 30 or 40 of the--at the time--100 or so books)in second and third grade. By fourth grade I could feel myself starting to outgrow them, but kept reading because I just couldnt bring myself to let go of a series that I had once loved. In fifth grade, I tried to reread some of my favorites from the series and found myself thinking God, this is stupid. What exactly did I like about these books?
While I thoroughly enjoyed the BSC books as a kid and remember them fondly (if for no other reason than that they made me look forward to, rather than dread, my teen years), Im only giving them two stars because looking back, the most memorable feature of the books is how shallow they are. The girls all fit neatly into the most basic, stereotypical personality types possible--more like templates for any story about teen girls than like actual characters. Lets take a closer look, shall we? Role call!
--Kristy, the tomboy! She disdains makeup and girly clothes, plays every sport evar and is good at all of them! Oh, and she has three brothers--thats why shes a tomboy, see
--Claudia, the artist! Shes very talented at every art form shes tried her hand at but gets terrible grades in school. Because, you know, artists are above such mundane concerns and have to spend all their time planning the perfect crazy outfits to showcase their creativity, instead of on things like schoolwork (eyeroll)
--Stacey, the socialite from New York City! Shes very fashion-conscious (of course), but other than that her personality is pretty blank. Oh yeah, and shes diabetic but doesnt want anyone to know about it because it means shes not perfect or something
--Mary Anne, the supersweet shy girl with the overprotective father! Her mom died when she was very young, you see, and since men dont know how to raise little girls on their own, her father inevitably became a control freak who treats his daughter more like a well-groomed, carefully trained pet than a person
--Dawn, the California girl! She stands up for her beliefs no matter what (though Martin never actually mentions what those beliefs are, or why standing up for them would be necessary). Also, shes semi-vegetarian (meaning shell eat poultry but not red meat) and thinks junk food is disgusting (unless the girls are having a sleepover that involves pizza and/or chocolate cake). Also-also, she hates cold and snow and rain, because apparently in never rains or snows in California. At all.
--Mallory, the bookworm who displays every nerd stereotype the author could think of! Glasses? Check. Braces? Check. Unmanageably frizzy, curly red hair? Check. Social awkwardness and large, quirky family? Check check.
--Jessi, the token African American character! Shes a ballerina, likes to read, and...yeah, thats about it. I kind of felt like Martin included her out of a sense of obligation (shed used Claudia to fill her Asian character quota; now she needed to represent another minority)
The funny thing is, despite Martins own statement that she wanted to create a diverse group of friends who got along and worked well together in spite of their differences, the girls had far more similarities than differences: they were all good students, with the exception of Claudia (oh but shes still smart, I promise! Shes just not a good student because she doesnt like school much; its not like shes stupid or learning disabled--which, actually, might have made more sense than just inexplicably being terrible at math and spelling and history and reading and everything except art); they all have good relationships with their families (any token conflicts are quickly and painlessly resolved without any real changes or sacrifices having to be made); theyre all reasonably intelligent but turn into giggling idiots the minute an attractive guy shows up; they all like the exact same music, TV shows, clothes (even Kristy-the-tomboy, when she does get dolled up, chooses remarkably similar outfits to those worn by the more fashion-conscious club members), and books; they are all Very Mature And Responsible. They also all narrate with the exact same voice--odd, considering how different their personalities are supposed to be.
Much as I enjoyed these books as a kid, I could never in good conscience recommend them to my own children (if I ever have any) because of how formulaic and superficial they are.
The Baby-Sitters Club
When rumors first started going around that The Baby-Sitters Club could be headed back to TV , fans of the mega popular Scholastic book series and the original '90s show were thrilled by the possibility. Unfortunately, the new adaptation has yet to find a network to call home, and while that may have many B. I don't know about you, but I've already added this nostalgic collection to my holiday wishlist. Martin took to Facebook to share exciting news with fans of her iconic series. The official Scholastic Instagram page also announced the upcoming release. If the reactions from readers on Martin's Facebook post and comments on Scholastic's image of the set are any indication, readers young and old aren't just excited about this throwback collection and the opportunity to relive their childhoods. They're ecstatic.
The wonderful books inside are the most important thing but the tin is wonderful! They will be able to be kept clean and in one place much easier for my niece! Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments. Recent searches Clear All.
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