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Claudia and Mean Janine (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #4)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  3,509 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
The baby-sitters are back in their fourth graphic novel!

Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on
Paperback, 174 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by GRAPHIX
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Ilirjana my favorite character is Kristy Thomas. Because she is going through a lot and she still takes care of the club:)

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Mar 18, 2015 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
awww this last one was so heartwarming definitely my favorite in the series and one of my favorite graphic novels ever!! Everyone read this series!!
I read this while standing in an aisle at B&N and now I want them all. The whole series. For me. My kids can borrow them if they're nice.
This is a well-conceived graphic novel version of part of the popular The Baby-sitters Club written originally by Ann Martin. Raina Telgemeier describes how she chooses which scenes to depict in the book, which is a wonderful addition for graphic novel fans. She seems to have stayed true to the series' intent and flavor, and readers will fall in love with the characters as Claudia struggles with her feelings of inferiority since her parents seem to favor her older sister Janine who makes excelle ...more
May 01, 2016 Madelyn rated it liked it
This book was okay. I read the first book and I really liked it. I thought that it was an accurate depiction of the actual Baby Sitters Club books by Anne M. Martin. When I was at the library, I decided to take this book out and just read the series a little out of order. It wasn't that this book was bad, I actually liked it. There were just a few things that didn't really go over well or just things I wanted to bring up.

1.) In the first book, the pictures were in color. This time, the pictures
Jul 30, 2016 Meepelous rated it liked it
Wow, a really hard hitting volume of BSC!

As someone who worked for a couple of years with older adults, I really appreciated the way that her grandmother's stroke was handled. Watching your loved ones get older, and feeling yourself getting older, is freaky - even to those of us in the adult world. But as per usual Martin and Telgemeier handle the lessons for readers (old and young) with great skill and maturity.

SHOWING rather then telling, and especially in this volume just being open to us abo
Apr 25, 2016 Pam rated it liked it
Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier this book takes place in present day at Claudia's house, Stacey's house, school, and the Newtons house. The protagonist is Claudia. She is very artistic, has her sense of style, and is 8th grade. Claudia's sister Janine thinks shes in charge of her, and of course she thinks shes the smartest out of all of them. In the book they have a fight. One that changes some things between them. Later on Claudia just trys to make things between them better. But it ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Messaline rated it it was amazing
sometimes it's funny and it' a good book for girls or maybe boys
This one hit particularly close to home, with the side plot of Claudia's grandmother having a stroke. I really identified with Janine and her discomfort. I remember finding it hard to be around my own grandmother after her stroke, because it was so emotional and painful to see someone you love struggle so much with things that used to come so easily.
The other plotline of the Playgroup was adorable. Jenny, David Michael, Karen & Andrew are all so hilarious to read about. Such a shame that the
a graphic novel version of the book by the same name. cute, if not all that memorable. maybe i was distracted because i read it at the laundromat & i kept getting up to see if the wash cycle was finished.

as an aside, i was poking around on youtube last night, & i found a series of videos that act out these graphic novels using american girl dolls. the credits to the videos say that they are based specifically on the graphic novels, & they also mention that the graphic novels are bas
May 24, 2015 Alexis rated it liked it
I thought this book was a very interesting book and that it was a good plot, but I did wish it had a better ending than it did.
Jun 24, 2016 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, youth, 2016
Adorable and with a great message about communication and sibling rivalry. I enjoyed this better than the original novel.
Feb 06, 2016 Climbergirlz rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I read it in 2 hours and those were the best two hours of the week.
Jul 20, 2016 El-jorro rated it it was amazing
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Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4)

by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

Acquired: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Series: The Babysitters Club (The Babysitters Club Graphix)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: GRAPHIX; Revised, Full Color Edition edition (January 26, 2016)
Language: English


The Story: Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-sitt
Rachel Albert
Apr 13, 2016 Rachel Albert rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed re-reading all the Babysitters Club books (or at least, all that are available) in graphic novel form, but this one really had the most impact. I remember reading the original Claudia and Mean Janine many years ago when the BSC was my favourite series, and it was always a book that stood out to me. It touches on so many sensitive but very relevant topics, especially sibling rivalry. I really liked how Raina Telgemeier succeeded in bringing Janine's character to life and really letti ...more
Soobie's heartbroken
Well, this is probably the best adaptation I've seen in quite a long time. I love everything about it. I love the art by Raina Telgemeier, I love the story, I love the little details such as asking five friends of yours to write the baby-sitters' dairy so, in the end, you would have five different (and real) penmanship.

I kind of like these stories also because there are no traces of cell phones in them. They kind of remind me of a golden age when cell phones didn't exist at all.

I've never had
Jan 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I'm so sad that this is the last of the BSC graphic novel adaptations, because they're really beautiful. I want to save my copies and give them to my future children, to introduce them to comics and the Baby-Sitters Club in one fell swoop. This book in particular spoke to me a lot, because I related almost painfully to Claudia's older sister, Janine. But all four books are excellent, with gorgeous, expressive cartooning, and I'd recommend them to absolutely anyone.
Mar 31, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fourth volume of the graphic-novel versions of Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series finds Claudia and her sister Janine at odds. Claudia, the artistic sister, feels inferior to Janine, the intellectual one. The parents clearly are prouder of Janine and her accomplishments than Claudia and her art and BSC activities. It isn’t until their beloved grandmother Mimi suffers a stroke that the sisters realize they each had conflicting feelings about the situation and each other. With a little open co ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Bunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-15
After reading Smile, I went looking for more of Ms. Telgemeier's books at my library, and found three of these BSC graphic novels. Scooped them all up for fun fluff between books.

I was not disappointed. While I would advise offering these to younger children along with the actual BSC books, these are a great introduction for kids to get to know the characters, and possibly get them wanting to read more of the series. And it gives them a visual, since I don't think anyone remembers the short-live
Devon Flaherty
Mar 19, 2015 Devon Flaherty rated it really liked it
Smile, Sisters, and Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. All three are Middle Grades graphic novels, the first two memoir and the last realistic fiction. They were published in 2010, 2012, and 2014 (not respectively). They have all been NY Times bestsellers and have won numerous awards.


For me, a sad part of reading a graphic novel is that it goes so quick. I enjoyed reading Smile, but man did it read fast. For me, it was just one sitting, not even an afternoon, like as long as it would take me to pe
Teresa Edmunds
Feb 08, 2016 Teresa Edmunds rated it really liked it
Claudia and Janine are sisters and they are NOT getting along. Claudia is artistic but struggles with school. Janine excels in school, but rarely comes out of her room. Over the summer, Claudia helps with a summer daycare program the baby-sitter club starts. She is excited to be with her friends and the children. Her fun summer is cut short when her dear grandmother, Mimi, has a stroke. While caring for Mimi and the children, she learns important lessons about communication, family, and love. Th ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
I really liked this fourth and final BSC graphic novel. And of course because I am a total nerd, I started wondering whether Kristy's mom had already married Watson since they skipped Kristy's Big Day. And I couldn't remember if all of the Kristy/Dawn drama was in this book originally or whether some of it was taken from Dawn and the Impossible Three.
Jan 07, 2009 dearlittledeer rated it really liked it
I'm so sad this will be the last BSC graphic novel (at least for now). I would have loved to read Boy-Crazy Stacey and Logan Likes Mary Anne! in comic form.

Anyway, Claudia and Mean Janine is great, just like the other three books Raina did. Janine and Mimi are both very cute, and it's fun to see Claudia's room with all the candy hidden here and there.
I really loved that Raina added in some of Dawn's and Mallory's story into this graphic novel since they may not get to have one of their own. I also especially loved the dog washing scene because it reminded me of family circus- so much fun! I also liked the afterword where it explained how the BSC GNs became what they are. So interesting.
May 03, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From one Nancy Drew obsessed weirdo to another, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Claudia Kishi. The artistic, Japanese-American, goofball who wore like entire balls of yarn as earrings was somewhat of a childhood hero for me. Naturally I'd be excited to read the graphic novel based mostly on her!

This book, which I assume is the last BSC graphic novel Telgemeier will be doing :(, centers around both Claudia's relationship with her sister and dealing with the after-effects of her grand
Megan Lengel
Aug 30, 2009 Megan Lengel rated it it was ok
Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two diffrent planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and the Babysitters Club's new playgroup than her homework, feels like she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses.
Aug 30, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This was a great interpretation of the beloved series by Ann M. Martin. She understands the sister dynamic well. These girls are opposites and have to learn to understand each other better. When Mimi has health problems, it gives them an opportunity to do that. Also, Kristy and Dawn need to find a way to become friends - which is a challenge, because Kristy is a little jealous of Dawn and Mary Anne’s friendship. In the edition that I read, it had an explanation of how graphic novels are made. I ...more
Brian Rogers
Jun 21, 2016 Brian Rogers rated it really liked it
You think its silly to be adding this kids book to my shelf? that's because you aren't familiar with Rania Telgemeier's artwork. Brilliant. Her work on this is textbook, and an example of why so much of the stuff currently being published in mainstram comics is full of suck. It's so crisp, so clean, so evocative. There's nothing there that doesn't need to be there, and everything explores the characters, expands te background, moves the story forward. I started using this to point out to my kidd ...more
Stephanie Ayers
Feb 12, 2016 Stephanie Ayers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YouTube channel with the magical flying out for dinner tonight

Qwerty keyboards and Cat is punishable by the best way of saying that I need to get a chance. Katniss Monoray and the magical world of pure imagination is a t shirt and tie the game at the best of times and swing by the way to get to make it back in the best way to make it work for you want to make it clear that the best way to get to see you want me to make it work for you can get some sleep and swing by the way to get to see you soo
Sue Seligman
Apr 30, 2016 Sue Seligman rated it really liked it
Another graphic novel down, and I have to say that I thought this adaptation of the original Baby Sitters Club novel was better than I expected. For me, nothing will replace the original series that my daughter loved when she was a young reader, but I understand the appeal of this genre to children today. The story concerns the conflict between artistic Claudia and her older, mathematically talented sister, Janine. Both girls feel as if they do not fit into the family dynamics but their insecuri ...more
Alice Rachel
Apr 02, 2016 Alice Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
These books are so entertaining! At the end of this one, it shows how graphic novels are created, it's really interesting.
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