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Claudia and Mean Janine (The Baby-Sitters Club #7)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  3,475 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Scholastic
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Lisa
Mar 21, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
I feel the need to point out that at no point was Janine mean. Claudia on the other hand - kind of a bitch.
Katherine Hayward
Jul 17, 2014 Katherine Hayward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-teen-years
In BSC # 7 , Claudia And Mean Janine,we get a look at sibling rivalry within a BSC member's family. That family is the Kishi family, Claudia's family.
Janine becomes more of a focus in the book, and is made out to be boring. When I was younger, I loved studying, and I still love learning, and liking these things does not make you boring, although I suppose that the book is aimed at the age group it is, and, at that age, not everyone likes school.
School is out for summer, and the babysitters clu
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Ciara
Jan 21, 2010 Ciara rated it liked it
i wasn't crazy about this book when i was a kid, & i think i like it even less as an adult.

first, our A plot: claudia has nothing in common with her older sister, janine. claudia dresses in wild outfits, janine wears kilts & button-downs. claudia hates school, while janine is studying to be a physicist (apparently). claudia has lots of friends & is always off on a babysitting job or art class, & janine's best friend is a computer. the bottom line is that claudia feels insecure wh
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Laura Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it
Shelves: babysitters-club
Claudia's grandmother has a stroke.

Amidst BSC plans for an informal neighborhood playgroup, Claudia drops out to deal with a family emergency: her beloved grandmother Mimi has a stroke. Claudia "babysits" Mimi during her slow recovery, and fights with her sister Janine, whom she feels isn’t pulling her weight in the family crisis.

Mimi’s stroke is frightening and heartrending, and Claudia’s thoughts and emotions during the aftermath are complex and realistic (fear, grief, guilt, duty, love, failu
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Shira
Dec 13, 2013 Shira rated it liked it
claudia and her sister janine don't know how to communicate with one another (mainly because janine speaks like this: "may I ask how your agency plans to function once your founder is residing in a different district?") and fight a lot. their grandmother mimi has a stroke after claudia snaps at her, and claudia thinks it's her fault. meanwhile, the bsc holds a play group, inspired by the large-scale baby-sitting project in the previous book, Kristy's Big Day.

highlights:
-the kids in the playgroup
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Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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 t
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 Marla
3.5 stars. Interesting story about 2 sisters and since I've never read any book in this series, I learned about the 5 entrepreneurial girls that make up the Baby-Sitter's Club.

Likes:
* Baby-Sitter's Club of 5 baby sitters: Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Dawn, Stacey
* Entrepreneurial girls
* Used 9-1-1 in an emergency situation
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Sean
Jan 03, 2017 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shocked me I have never felt that a BSC book would be so heart warming. It makes me cry because of how sweet this book was
Sunny Purdin
Sep 26, 2016 Sunny Purdin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This shit holds up pretty well.
Kimberly
Jul 03, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the BSC series when I was younger and even more glad that I held on to them all these years so my children would be able to enjoy them as well. I would recommend for tween girls.
Rylee
Oct 12, 2012 Rylee rated it it was amazing
This a good book. I think me and my sister were like Claudia and Janine!
lisa
Jul 19, 2016 lisa rated it liked it
The story of Claudia's relationship to her family, focusing especially on Janine and Mimi. Some interesting family dynamics here -- Claudia is so close to Mimi, who has a stroke and an extended hospital stay in this book, and she is not at all close to Janine, mostly because of communication difficulties. I think I read this when I was ten or eleven.

Things I remember from reading this as a kid:
I will never forget reading about Claudia playing Trivial Pursuit with Mimi and Janine. She doesn't und
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Elaine Mullane
May 05, 2017 Elaine Mullane rated it really liked it
I used to love the Babysitter's Club! My friends and I used to swap them between us when I was in primary school. They were so popular at the time, there was a waiting list at the library if you wanted to read them in chronological order! I used to be allowed to buy one book a week on a Friday when I was younger; this was usually an Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Point Horror or one of these! I would love to revisit them at some stage, just for nostalgia's sake!
Dina
May 25, 2017 Dina rated it liked it
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Amanda
Mar 23, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can never go wrong with a baby sitters club book and this was no different. This story stuck with me because it's about family and you do whatever you have to in order to help and be there for each other. Claudia and Mimi are incredibly close while Claudia and Janine do nothing but butt heads. I found this story quite insightful and I loved seeing the relationship between the two sisters begin to change after a heart to heart conversation.
Jenn
Feb 02, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: bsc
Okay, this has to be one of the saddest books in the series (oh god, I just remembered what happens to Mimi later on!! *tear*). It starts out (on page 5) with the Kishi family eating breakfast and deciding what they're going to be doing that day. It's summertime, so of course Janine is taking two college courses and working in the library between. Nerd. I will admit, I did take summer classes but NOT during high school! One summer, I took Spanish 2 and had to do lab time each week in the coldest ...more
Brandi Jones
Mar 09, 2017 Brandi Jones rated it it was amazing
Aww, I felt so bad for Mimi :( I feel kind of bad for Janine too, though I don't think she constantly needs to prove that she is smart.
Isabella
I really liked this graphic novel. I like the series the Baby-Sitters club because they around the same age us. Plus it's a really good book. I really liked how Claudia set stuff aside to help her grand-mother. Also that Janine took a little break from studying her collage courses. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one.
Christie Tulloch
This was a fun novel, another book in the Babysitters Club series
Swankivy
Apr 22, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok
A book about sibling rivalry is a good idea for the age group this is aimed at. Problem is, Claudia herself and her super-smart older sister Janine are kind of cardboard cutouts when it comes to what they fight about, and of course secretly they're both jealous of what comes to the other one easily. And Claudia learns to put her own sibling rivalry into perspective when she has to try to help one of her babysitting charges with his jealousy over his new baby sister. I thought the bit with their ...more
Someone
Dec 23, 2010 Someone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
as a physics graduate, I didn't like the stereotype the book gave about scientist in general. Regardless of that fact, the book itself wasn't really an exciting read at all. The whole story about Claudia and Janine seemed more like a subplot than their grandma mimi getting sick and in the last 3~2 chapters things just randomly seemed to resolve itself just by communication. The description in the back, "Mean Janine puts down the Baby-sitters Club." seemed very wrong as I have read nothing of suc ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 05, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
Claudia and her sister Janine are pretty much polar opposites. Claudia's the artistic one and Janine's the smart one. And they've mostly dealt with being family by staying away from each other. This is no longer an option when their live-in grandmother has a stroke and they have to come together to help her, leaving them both wanting to pull out each other's hair--or their own.

So how do you get babysitting into this book? Painfully. The unrealistic distractions the other sitters come up with are
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Ramya (Idea Smith)
Nov 24, 2013 Ramya (Idea Smith) rated it liked it
The Baby-Sitters Club decides to extend the idea they explored in the earlier book (Kristy's Big Day) and host a summer playgroup for small children. Unfortunately Claudia must deal with bigger problems - her grandmother's stroke and its aftermath, not to mention friction with her older sister. The characters of Janine and Mimi are not very well explored through the series but this book tries to do some of it. Unfortunately, it's not very entertaining and I'm left with the feeling of too much, t ...more
Amara
While The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day, and Dawn and the Impossible Three each dealt with reasonably serious topics (diabetes and its stigma in Stacey, responsibility and a minor health crisis in Mary Anne, and child neglect in Dawn), Claudia and Mean Janine offers up the most serious subject yet... though the title would have you believe this is just another book about bitchy sisters.

My full review of Claudia and Mean Janine can be read here at Amara's Eden.
Michaela Branum
I liked this book. I personally, don't care for Claudia that much. we share the love of art but, that is just my opinion. I thought it was neat how they decided to set up a play group for a few weeks. I also thought that it was sad that Mimi had a stroke,but I also thought Claudia giving up her playgroup for Mimi was sweet. but I also never thought that Mimi would never yell. But that was just me. If I liked Claudia a little bit more, I probably would have rated it five stars. if I could have, I ...more
Kellee
Reread for #BSC #bookaday

Reading this now as an adult who has lost both of her grandmothers made this book so much harder then I remember it being! The scene when Claudia and Janine find Mimi and the scene where Claudia first walks in to see Mimi at the hospital were heart wrenching!

Also, I remember thinking that Janine was a big meanie, but when rereading, I think Claudia was actually the one who overreacted and blew things out of proportion. It is interesting how our points of view change wit
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Robin
Definitely not the greatest of the early BSC books, but it's alright. I laughed out loud at the part where Mimi yells, "Buh-buh-BEQUIET!!!" at Mary Anne when she's acting overly schoolmarm-ish. That passage alone was worth the time spent rereading Claudia and Mean Janine, because 1. it's really bizarre when saintly Mimi gets mad and 2. it's hilarious when people make Mary Anne cry. I enjoyed the friction between Janine and Claudia, followed by the partial resolution. Do these two siblings ever m ...more
Morag
Feb 23, 2016 Morag rated it liked it
Claudia had been one of my favourite babysitters growing up, but this book just didn't hit the note for me. Perhaps it is because it deals with a more sombre topic (stroke and looking after a ill relative) and some awkward sibling rivalry (I'm an only child so it's something I've never experienced). Or maybe the Summer Kids Club had all the kids in one place so it was difficult to follow. I love the babysitters club - even as an adult - so it breaks my heart that I feel I have to mark this one d ...more
Haba_bean
Feb 04, 2017 Haba_bean rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the original version of the baby-sitters club. I read the Raina Telgemeir version and since I couldn't find the version I read, I just stuck to this version. The book was pretty good....scratch that. The graphic novel was pretty good. If you're looking for a children's book with a dash of drama, this book is for you.

P.S, You should go read Drama by Raina Telgemeir
April
Mar 16, 2013 April rated it really liked it
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
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

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“Janine bit her lip. She was still holding Mimi’s hand, patting it gently. “I don’t think we’re supposed to move her,” she said, “but we should keep her warm. Let’s cover her with her bathrobe and try to put her slippers on. Then I’ll stay in here, and you go wait outside so you can show the paramedics where to come.” “Okay,” I replied. I got Mimi’s robe and fuzzy slippers out of her closet. Janine put the slippers on while I covered Mimi. Then I ran outside and stood impatiently on our front stoop.” 1 likes
“Sure. Waffles are fine. How come you didn’t ask me what I wanted?” “I’m asking you now.” “They’re fine,” Janine said again. Sighing, she turned back to the computer. I stuck my tongue out at her and ran downstairs. “Waffles are fine!” I told Mimi.” 0 likes
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