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Babysitters on Board! (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #1)

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Publisher: Hippo Books Date of Publication: 1991 Binding: paperback Edition: Condition: Good Description: 059076618X
Published August 16th 1991 by Scholastic Hippo (first published 1988)
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this is the first of the super specials. i remember being so psyched about this book's release when i was a kid. it was extra thick & had chapters from the points of view of every club member, plus byron, mallory, & karen. the premise: mr. pike won a contest at work, & the prize was an all-expenses paid cruise for his entire family, plus three days at disney world. i bet whoever came up with the bright idea for the contest was kicking himself when mr. pike, father of eight, won. with ...more
This book was way more boring than I remember it being, except for some intense lesbian subtext.

The BSC goes on a cruise with the Pikes and the Brewer-Thomases. Dawn gets dragged around by an overly pushy dude, and nobody finds anything wrong with it. Claudia has a stalker, and it's So Romantic (ugh). Kristy spends the whole cruise hanging around an old man, which makes me wonder where her parents were throughout this trip.

But the subtext, man. I admit that I was a naive kid. I didn't know whe
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Jan 26, 2016 Shira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first note: I was not able to get The Be Sharps' Baby on Board out of my head the whole time I was reading this.

super specials are different from regular bsc books in that they are significantly longer (this was 24 chapters as opposed to the usual 15 chapters), and the narrator switches from chapter to chapter. in this, the FIRST EVER super special, the baby-sitters go on a cruise in the bahamas that ends in a three-day trip to disneyworld. the pikes had won the trip for their whole family and
Jul 24, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, mg
So, my mom found a little paper from when I was in third grade upon which I wrote "My favorite book is Baby-Sitters on Board by Ann M. Martin. I like it because I feel like I'm really there." I decided to re-read it as research for a book I'm writing about third-grade-age kids (that's right, a book I'm writing!). It no longer seems like a masterwork of literature, but I could see where my third-grade self was coming from.

Some thoughts:

Not nearly enough Claudia outfits!

I enjoyed Kristy's friendsh

I wanted to read this SO BADLY when it came out, but my library never got a copy, and I couldn't justify paying extra for it out of my allowance when I could have bought two other BSC novels for the same price.

So, this was the first time I've read this, even though I'd read other Super Specials when I was young.

I was a little creeped out by Claudia's secret admirer, and by the fact that 10 year old boys were allowed to just run around without supervision on an unfamiliar Caribbean island. Serio
Jan 06, 2014 Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read all these books when I was a little girl and loved them. And even though it has been many years, I still remember the joy these stories gave me. Adventures of ordinary girls, with their own personalities. I could relate to each one in their own way. The lessons in getting through every day life gave hope and encouragement to a shy girl who was often teased as a girl. I could escape into one of the books and pretend I was in their group. I even wrote myself into a fanfiction or two back th ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Caitie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These super specials were my favorites - I read them all at least 4 or 5 times!
This book is why I must go to Walt Disney World, take a cruise to Nassau, and fall in love with a mystery admirer/former child actor all while taking care of someone else's children. And you best believe I will be charging manicures to my room, or "cabin", Karen Brewer-styles!

Aaaand I can't believe I remember all that off the top of my head. Kathleen Kelly was right -- when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does! (I a
Dec 06, 2012 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hahahah, okay this is obviously getting 4 stars for purely nostalgic reasons. This had to be the first book in my childhood that made me obsessed with the idea of cruises and vacationing with friends. Karen's little manicure that she charged to her father's account was like the highlight of my elementary school life back in the day! But even then, I remember finding Claudia's little stowaway stalker more creepy than adorable, but I guess they were all kids back then and it was all harmless. Haaa ...more
Julie Decker
In the first Super Special book, the book changes narrators as all the babysitters go on a cruise with the Pike family. They won a trip, and Kristy's rich stepdad decided to pony up to bring everyone else in the books, so they all got to have a ball . . . except that every one of them had a mystery to solve or a story to tell.

These Super Specials didn't really work very well for me because everyone was handed some kind of "issue" that would be solved shallowly by the end, and one of their issues
Jun 02, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarrassed to admit that I cried. That was stupidly lovely. The Stacey and Mark story is my favourite.
Nov 21, 2008 Kristn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt guilty in Sunday School because I didn't pay attention to the lesson. I was too excited about going home to read this book.
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I wasn't entirely sure how to fit in the Super Specials when it came to my rereading schedule for this series. After some research, I discovered this book was released after book twelve in the series. Of course, this doesn't exactly fit the timeline because it's supposed to happen during the summer before the original five head into eighth grade. It doesn't even fit the summer schedule because it takes place after Stacey and Mary Anne went to Sea
Apr 22, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't much care for the Super-Specials when I was a kid because they kinda confused me with the shifting points of view. I also usually had a problem with the sort of contrived individual plots in which it seemed like the author was trying to give each narrator an individual conflict and silly resolution.

In this book the Pike family goes on vacation. Whenever the Pike family does anything, you know it's going to be full of hijinks, because there are eight children and some of them are pretty
Laura Hughes
Kristy’s entire extended family, the Pikes, and all of the Baby-sitters go on a cruise around the Bahamas and a three-day trip to Disney World together. I don’t want to think about how much that cost.
The format of the Super Specials is that each club member, plus several secondary characters such as the baby-sat, get to narrate a handful of chapters spread throughout the book, so that multiple plotlines and viewpoints can be explored. In general, this narrative experimentation produces disappoin
Mar 28, 2014 Jojo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, read2008
Oh, nostalgia!

I used to obsessively read this book when I was the proper age for it. It was probably my second favorite book in the series, after the Super Special where they go to California. I always liked the Super Specials better than the regular books since they didn't focus as much on babysitting; when I was eleven, I wasn't fond of babysitting or children, but I did like wacky adventures, and the Super Specials had plenty of those.

Characters that annoyed me to no end in this book: Kristy,
Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
The BSC changed my life in the 5th and 6th grade. My friends and I would coordinate so that we could read all of the books. I remember writing to Ann M. Martin to get her autograph. I thought it was amazing that she actually responded to me! The super specials were awesome because they were thick and out of the ordinary. :)
Nov 01, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading
In which Watson shows up John Pike by going on the same cruise on a whim, Satan Karen is a megabrat who needs locked in a cage, K. Ron frets over a gift, is a slob, and chills with an old guy who I like to think of as Rudy from Survivor, and Mel-ry narrates for the first and only time as a sittee. Also, Caludia has a stalker but it's romantic, STFUDawn falls madly in LUV in minutes, MA chills with a lying bitch, and Stacey has The Diabetes. This Super Special is bizarre to me because Stace spend ...more
Iliana Sandoval
Jan 17, 2016 Iliana Sandoval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. It felt really good to read a baby sitters club book after like 8 years :)
Jun 01, 2013 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.

I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.

The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.

Awesome books that girls will love! And the
May 28, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I pretty much had to bump this up to 4 stars just for plain old nostalgia's sake. I was OBSESSED with The Baby-Sitter's Club series when I was younger, and while it doesn't hold up THAT well to the test of time, I still love these little fluffy books so much. It's hysterical how you notice things as an adult now, especially Mary-Anne's total lesbian crush on a passenger on the cruise ship. Hilarious. (Also it blows my mind that Maggie is the same age as the Junior Baby-Sitters in this se ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was 9 it was a 5 star book.
Sep 17, 2014 Larissa rated it really liked it
I loved the babysitter series when I was young, and I still understand why.
May 10, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 05, 2013 Stephany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, 2013
I have to rate this at the level it was written for, not as an adult. So, for this age/reading level, it is a great book. It's a bit outdated now (for instance, after their vacation, when they all started exchanging addresses. Addresses! Oh, the 90s.) but it was still enjoyable to read. I'll admit I was a bit bored by it, but I think if I was a 10-year-old, I wouldn't have been able to put it down.

In any event, it was fun to jump back into the BSC world!
Apr 11, 2008 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I read probably close to 100 of these when I was a pre-teen. I always loved the "Super Special" because they were extra long. I always identified with Kristy (tom-boy and leader) Mary Anne (book reader, quiet, sweet) and Claudia (creative and artistic). Some of my early/beginning ideas about how to babysit and interact with children came from these books. :) I have liked many of Ann Maritn's other books and she has a couple of award winners too.
My dad retired last year and in looking through his files he found my Silent Sustained Reading Record from when I was in his class.
I thought it was interesting to see what I was reading back when I was 13!

No rating on this, because I don't remember it. I used to be really into the Baby-Sitters Club books and then I suddenly wasn't and moved on to other series and genres.
Heck yes, I re-read this over the weekend for probably the hundredth time. I've been looking for this book for quite a few years now so I could read it again, and finally found it at Half Price Books for 50 cents!!!

They go to Disney World in this one, so it was quite timely for me to read right now. =)
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