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Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  17,169 ratings  ·  647 reviews
The hit series returns to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! The first three classic BSC books are back, along with a brand-new prequel, The Summer Before.
It all began with a great idea ... and the inspiring original story of the Baby-sitters Club is back! Kristy Thomas's brilliant business plan gets off to a great start with the help of Claudia Kishi (
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1986)
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okay, so i have never babysat a day in my life. is it surprising that no one would entrust their little precious dumplings to my care??

however - i loved these books. and lately, i have found my mind drifting back to this series, and i kind of want to read them again, is that bad?? they were such a huge part of my early reading life - i read them ever so many times, and took my favorite ones on vacation with me year after year when my mom told me i could bring a friend.(is that super sad?) i stil
Dec 13, 2007 Ariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Life
I am firmly convinced that, years hence, when Ann M Martin no longer graces the mortal coil with her presence, scholars will reflect upon the deceptively simple narrative lines of the Baby-Sitter's Club #1 and will discover the singing truths of human experience encoded in the mundane details of affluent suburban youth.

Like so many heroines before, Kristy attempts to reconcile her desire for autonomy with the crippling social restrictions on young females with her suburban Connecticut neighborh
I am using the first Baby-Sitter's Club to represent the approximately, I don't know, 100 plus BSC novels I not only read, but owned, in my late elementary / early middle school years. I was in love with these novels and even belonged to the BSC Book Club, where two novels (in sequential order) were mailed to me every month (or bimonthly, I don't really remember). I was gifted the BSC board game, which was terrible, but amusing. My sisters and I even used these novels as "textbooks" when we play ...more
Lauren R.
I don't feel like taking the time to add the whole series. But C'mon, you know you read them...all 549085290 of them AND the spin-offs. Looking back, they were terribly written and not realistic at all...But that didn't stop us from dressing like Claudia or trying to start our own BSC.
"The Baby-Sitters Club was a success. I, Kristin Amanda Thomas, had made it work." - Kristy, accepting the 1986 Mahatma Ghandi Award for Most Humble 12-Year Old Ever

Was Claudia described as having almond-shaped eyes:
Surprisingly, no. Although she was described as "exotic."

Was Mimi's accent described as rolling:

How many times was the word "incredulously" used:

What Would Claudia Wear:
-Short, very baggy lavender plaid overalls, a white lacy blouse, a black fedora, red high-top sneakers wit
Nov 13, 2007 Jessica added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe little girls who hate to read, if you're really desperate
I can't rate these books, because giving a bad rating would be a lie -- I was crazy about them when I read them -- but giving them a good rating would be misleading because it would lead you to believe that they were good, and they're not. I mean, in a way they must be or they wouldn't have been so popular, but they're definitely Lame, especially when you consider how much incredible children't fiction there is out there.

The closest thing to these books for me is the Doors, one of the other few
Looking back I'm a bit ashamed to admit I enjoyed this series so much. By no means are the books well written; the characters are flat, the plots predictable. Everything is dressed in a neat and tidy bundle, all works out in under 150 pages. You can almost hear the sappy music as the book draws to a close. Even as a preteen I recognized this was not great literature, especially as the series rapidly expanded, Ann Martin and what must have been a slew of ghost writers turning out books at an alar ...more
Mike Lawson
This book made me feel guilty. As a little soon-to-be gay boy in the 1980s, I watched my older sister devour the Baby-Sitters Club series. She just ate them up. And I learned at a young age it wasn’t “appropriate” for young boys to like the same things as their sisters.

“Michael, take off those Madonna gloves!”

When I picked up the first of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club series, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of guilt. Kristy’s Great Idea is book #1, and about Krsity Thomas’ idea of forming a
Sep 18, 2009 Dray rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 80s babies who are all now too old to be reading these
Recommended to Dray by: they had colorful covers. that's all it takes
I'm terribly tempted to add all the BSC books to my goodreads for two reasons:
1. I'm at work doing absolutely nothing else.
2. It would make me look all badass with lots of books...until someone happened to notice that half of them are the Babysitter's Club books. My badass badge would then be taken away.

So I'll just add the first one. These books get five stars for the sheer entertainment value of 7-10 year old Andréa. I thought those girls were SO COOL. Stacy and Claudia were totally my favorit
I totally LOVED these books as a kid. I read all of them and my mom even signed me up for the book club, where they mailed you four books (sequentially) every month. I was so excited when they would arrive. Reading this one now, as an adult, definitely brought back memories of staying up late to find out what crazy adventure the girls were going to go through next.
There are a lot of people out there who feel that these books aren't well written and are completely unbelievable. I disagree. The bo
always a classic. i read this one for the first time on my birthday in 1986. that was the year i turned seven. being a precocious reader, i was the target audience for the babysitters club series. i have been reading them ever since...24 years now, i guess. i'm not going to bother finding that at all shameful. it's an accomplishment!

these early books are kind of a yawn, because ann wrote them, & she doesn't have the same flair for drama & middle school catfights as some of the later ghos
Tina Bryan
Jun 01, 2008 Tina Bryan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this book is great book, I wished there was movie out to watch it Tina Bryan in ca
Have you ever read any of the other Babysitter's Club books and wondered how the Babysitter's Club was formed and started? Well, then this book is for you. It introduces you to the traits behind the characters Claudia, Kristy, Stacey and Mary-Anne, as well as answering the above mentioned major topic.

At first, I was a little skeptical/reluctant to read this book, especially when my parents told me that this book was "meant for girls only", and I at the time,(being a 21-year-old guy), sure told m
Amy Flink
I read this in 6th grade, it wasn't the first BSC book or by fave; but I just read it to get more of a foundational feel of the series. Parts were a little dull and I thought Kristy was a big mouth biotch especially to her big hearted future step father. She should have been slapped!

Ann M. Martin is really ingenious!! I grew up with the BSC, I read them in 5th thru 7th grade and this was the late 80's. The first 10 books in the series are the best. I have learned soo much about myself and other
I saw something recently on Twitter about this series, which I used to love when I was younger and it made me want to read the books again. So I got the first one from the library and it actually wasn't that bad. I might read more.
Ok, I have no deep thoughts on this series. I will however say that when I was about ten, I told my mom that if I was to die, my wish was to be buried with my babysitter’s club books. All 10 million of them. That’s how important they were to me as a kid. I would wait anxiously for that month’s book order to deliver my new BSC book, upon which I would devour it voraciously with in three hours holed away in my bedroom. I would then be disappointed of course that I had to wait another month for the ...more
I'm too lazy to click on every one of the billion or so BSC books, but when I was a kid I read pretty much every single one of them. I used to go through 2-3 of them a day and couldn't get enough.

Honestly, I have no idea why considering I didn't like kids and I refused to babysit... *laughs* The series did cover a lot of things pre-teen, teen, etc type issues. There were a few situations that I managed to avoid because I remembered it not going well for the girls in the books.

Wonder if that make
Rating: 5 Stars

Date Read: The first book came out in August 1986 and I’m pretty sure I read it when it was new or newish. Re-read in May 2014.

When I saw that Ann M. Martin was going to be appearing at Book Expo America/Book Con this week the little girl in me let out a shout of excitement. When I was in elementary school these were my absolute favorite books. I read them all over and over, even when I was really just a bit to old for them. Maybe this explains my adult love for YA novels?

As a kid
Jul 31, 2011 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 2-5
Recommended to Dee by: Mrs. Brand, the librarian
Shelves: re-reads, 2011
This book is one of my favourites from my childhood. I loved the series so much I'd seek them out every time we went to the library! Now that my daughter and I have read it together I've discovered that it does live up to the memory! I can't wait to get into the next in the series!
Jan 22, 2008 Candise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminist rulers and horse girls
Shelves: ya-lit
When asked to name a childhood hero at a recent Feminist Club meeting, I instantly knew who to name: Kristy Thomas. Kristy is a tomboy, an alpha female, and totally gay (well, she gets a boyfriend later, but he is totally a beard). This book is girl love at its finest.
Kristy's Great Idea isn't the most fascinating literature in the world, but it's charming at the very least. To read my full review, see here.
There is a bit of background to why I even read this book. It wasn't like I was just pursuing the YA section of the library looking for some good literature to read and found this. I was holding a sleeping baby and it was the only book in arms reach. Otherwise it would have just been handed to my 9 year old and I would have never picked it up myself.

I had read so many of these books as a kid and all the spin-offs so rereading this felt like visiting old friends. Except I'm in my 30's and they a
Erin Fairchild
Jan 22, 2008 Erin Fairchild rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 year olds who are fascinated by girls in charge
Recommended to Erin by: sparse elementary school library shelves & the feminist sisterho
My friend Candise Branum took my words directly out of my mouth. I was obsessed with these books in about 4th grade, and i totally had a crush on Kristy AND Claudia - I think I actually wanted them to hook up. Today, as a nanny, I wonder how much influence these books have on me. What would I do if there were a phantom caller mystifying and frightening me as I tried to make "ants on a log" with my young charges? I certainly hope that I would devise a code word for one of my babysitting girlfrien ...more
Laura Hughes
Spoiler: it's a baby-sitters Club!

This first book in the Baby-sitters Club efficiently lays out much of the world of the rest of the series--the club, its rules, the original four baby-sitters’ personalities and backstory, a huge number of background characters. At leave five plotlines are developed or suggested:

- Formation of the Baby-sitters Club: I am most enchanted by the PR/process/club hierarchy details as the girls choose officers and calculate how many fliers they can afford to print.

I'm not going to attempt to list all of the Babysitter's Club books I read when I was in about 4th and 5th grade, but I certainly loved them at the time. They appealed to so much about who I was then. The girls seemed so grown up and wonderful to me as I was about 9 years old reading them. And this one in particular, the first one, evokes such a specific memory for me of sitting curled up on the end of the couch in the living room of my old house, reading by the light of the lamp on the end tabl ...more
Oh man, I love these ones! This one brought back a LOT of memories because I really remember identifying with the girls AND a friend and I kind of had a babysitters club of our own. PLUS when compared to the last book I read (Sweet Valley High) I can see why this one would've been more age appropriate.

Kind of feel like I'm 33 going on 13 now since I want to keep reading this series ... lol.
I loved this series in middle school. I think there were always a couple I missed here and there, but at some point I read most of the series. I'm re-reading the first few now.
I'm kicking my vacation off with a bang into my guilty pleasure re-reading of this wonderful series!

It's amazing what bits & pieces, you don't remember from books...

Almost two whole shelves of books await me, woo hoo!


I did it! I did it!
I finally got my hands on the first book in the series (not to mention a whole lot of others along the way)... Now I can spend some quality self-indulgence time throughout my vacation re-reading/discovering these classics!

I was shocked to find that I was co
Loved this series as a middle schooler and thought I'd check in to see how it held up - realizing how much the book affected my middle school fashion choices...
Ashley Ogbunugafor
Even though and I am 16 going on 17 in 2 months, I am the biggest fan of Ann Martin and her Baby Sitters Clubs series!
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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.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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Other Books in the Series

The Baby-Sitters Club (1 - 10 of 133 books)
  • The Summer Before (The Baby-Sitters Club, #0.5)
  • Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-sitters Club, #2)
  • The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club, #3)
  • Mary Anne Saves the Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, #4)
  • Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-Sitters Club, #5)
  • Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, #6)
  • Claudia and Mean Janine (The Baby-Sitters Club, #7)
  • Boy-Crazy Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club, #8)
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