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by Ann M Martin

Claudia's participation in the Baby-sitters Club is curtailed when Grandmother Mimi suffers a stroke and Claudia finds herself "Mimi-sitting" and fighting more frequently with her sister.
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ISBN: 0942545788
ISBN13: 978-0942545784
Category: No category
Author: Ann M Martin
Language: English
Publisher: [distributed by] G. Stevens Pub; 1st Grey Castle ed edition (1988)
ePUB size: 1570 kb
FB2 size: 1142 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 138
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Posted originally on my blog: [...]
The title of this book is more than a little ironic. Despite how much I enjoyed the series as a child, I can’t bring myself to side with these girls when they act like spoiled brats. For one, Janine never actually does or says anything that is cruel or condescending. Instead, she quietly absorbs every insult and attack Claudia throws at her.

Yes, Janine shows a clear disconnect with the rest of the family and Claudia has some valid points about this fact. For one, Janine never makes any attempt to help the family prepare meals. She never makes any attempts to help with Mimi after her stroke. But I admit, I sympathize with Janine. Time and time again, her parents make it a point to exclude her from things so that she may study. This only helps to leave Janine feeling excluded and Claudia feeling as if Janine is too good for the family.

I also wish more thought had gone into this title, because much of the book has nothing to do with Claudia’s and Janine’s problems with one another. It’s mainly focused around Mimi’s stroke and her recovery in the weeks afterwards. This is only the first step towards what is best known as the saddest story line in the BSC series: the death of Mimi. Of course, I have another nineteen or twenty books until we get to that point. But the fact is, Mimi is nearly just as essential to this series as the girls themselves. Especially in regards to Claudia and Mary Anne, who are the closest to her.

I also realized, this was Martin’s first step in exploring death in this series, (the next occurring in Kristy and the Snobs.) A subject that is hard to approach for the young children, whom these books are written for. Though these books can be immature at times and the characters can be childish, I feel this is was a good way to approach the subject. By showing Mimi’s strength and determination to overcome everything, she just strengthens the love readers feel for the character. Say what you will about the quality of these books, but I still say they offer some valuable lessons in life and children can still learn from them, much like I had as a little girl.
Claudia and her older,incredibly intelligent sis Janine,still find it hard to understand each other.But Janine was never actually very mean.
*Even worse,Mimi,their beloved grandmother,has come to the end of her days.It is typical of a BSC member to be a selfish creep which is exactly what Claudia is when ,oh dear ,the poor little diddums is forced to carry magazines and stuff to old Mimi while Mimi is sick.Really.You wouldn't think it would be such an awful hassle after Mimi's years of "special tea" and chats and cooking.But as I said what more can one expect from one of these girls??
*This is a very well-written book and Mimi's sickness was handled realistically.
*Young readers should probably know it isn't a happy book.It deals with the reality of growing old and weak and dying.IN A WAY,learning of old-age death can be more saddening than knowing of young death,because when a young person dies(it's actually a sadder thing to happen but..)you can feel like it was a fluke and you know it probably won't happen to you but the death of old people reminds us that every one of us will fall off the perch.So in that way it is a harder thing to read about than ,like, if I read SVH about Olivia dying and all I'd have to think is oh she was crushed by a fridge,that's a tragedy,but what are the odds..??...I am so raving on.Bye.
Usually I like the first BSC books, even though they can be confusing sometimes. I like Claudia, too. She's probably my favorite baby-sitter. Howevr, I felt while reading this book that it should be called, "Janine and Mean Claudia". I mean seriously Claudia did not even try to get along with Janine during half the story. I did not like the part when she saw Janine out in the lawn and got mad because Janine hadn't asked about Mimi. Janine was right, Claudia didn'y give her a chance to. I feel for Janine in this book, but overall it's all right. It could be better.

The play group part was okay. I've been reading these books for years and sometimes I just wish they were the friendship cub or something and the book was just about the one conflict, not that = baby-sitting. I mean, I really don't care to read about diaper changes and stuff. But what can you expect? It's the baby-sitters club. But seriously, Martin should be a little more crative with her organization; in almost every book it's like this: first chapter the main character (whomever it might be) sees so-and-so at school or summer or whatever and something happens. Next chapter: the character tells us about the other club members while either going to a meeting, sitting in a meeting, or waiting for dinner. Then (usually after a couple of job calls) they tell us how the club was created. Then some random parent calls and asks for a regular sitter. Then something happens at home or school that somehow relates to the sitting job which turns out to be a problem. The story goes on to oh so creatively switch between the two conflicts and the character somehow solves both problems.

Coem on. You know it's true. That formula is not so apparent in the earlier books, though; the earlier books have more dept or somehting.

Don't get me wrong. These books are all right. They're just repetitive and not so creative. I think they just need more variety and serious issues. Not a lot of drugs or anything I mean these books are for kids, but just typical high school problems.

Okay. Overall, this book IMO is one of the lesser earlier BSC books. The Mimi situation was well portrayed and that's the good part. The bad part was Claudia and Janine. It's an important book in the series but overall not very good.