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Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise

(The Baby-Sitters Club #24)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,787 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Mother's Day is coming up and the Baby-sitters have the same problem they do every year: What do they get their mothers? Kristy, especially, wants to do something nice for her mom. Mrs. Brewer has been acting kind of strange and secretive lately, and Kristy's worried about her...

But then Kristy gets another one of her great ideas. Why don't the Baby-sitters treat their mom
Paperback, 141 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1989)
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May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Mother’s Day is coming up and the girls all want to do something special for the mothers in their neighborhood (plus their own mother’s). They have decided on babysitting all the kids for free and taking them to the carnival for the day! That’s not the only Mother’s Day present that Kristys mom is going to get this year though....when the surprise arrives, EVERYONE in the family is shocked and super excited.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
this is my first time reading this book

kristy has another "great idea" as a mother's day surprise -- to offer a day of free baby-sitting to a bunch of the bsc's favorite clients so the mothers can have a day off. stacey comes down from nyc to help with this Kristy's Big Day/Claudia and Mean Janine/Stacey's Mistake-style large-scale baby-sitting job. upcoming plotlines like mimi's death and stacey's parents' divorce are hinted at. meanwhile, kristy's mom and watson have finalized paperwork to ado
Logan Hughes
Kristy and the BSC plan a special Mother's Day event to give their regular clients the only thing they really want: time away from their kids.

The BSC takes a big group of kids to the carnival and the park from 9-4 on Mother’s Day, assisted in transport and lunch-making by local dads. Most of the book concerns the planning for the event; there’s also some concern amongst club members about what to get for their moms. Kristy’s mother hints the entire book that the Thomas/Brewer clan is about to h
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
3 stars. Eh, my least favorite book in the series so far. It felt like such filler until the weird adoption at the end. The only things I liked was that my girl Stacey came down from New York for the weekend, and the scenes with Mimi (because that book is coming up soon and I’m terrified to get to it). Other than that this was not an interesting read. I will never understand why Kristy’s mom and Watson adopted Emily Michelle when they have six kids already. But big families like that give me hiv ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, 2018, bsc, reread, own
The ebook version I read of this must've, like, been auto-converted to text from a scan or something, because most mentions of Margo Pike called her "Mango" and it cracked me up. Oh, Mango.

I'm not going to start about how hilarious the adoption process was for the Thomas-Brewers, and how they got a whopping one day notice to get her shit ready before picking her up. Instead, I'll complain that despite Stacey visiting, there wasn't enough of her. (Though bonus points for a big group baby-sitting
Emma Rose Ribbons
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-adventures
The BSC takes a group of children to the local carnival so the parents can have a break.

That was a good book and we got to see Stacey as she comes to help out for a weekend. Kristy's family welcomes unexpected news too, and that was a nice touch. I love this series.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
kristy books continue to not really be my favorites...though, as kristy books go, this one wasn't too objectionable. mother's day is approaching, & kristy & the other members of the babysitters club (save for half-orphan mary anne) are struggling to think of really good mother's day gifts. plus, kristy's mom & watson are acting really weird at home, gushing over the kids even when the kids are being obnoxious, asking what the kids would think of having another sibling around. kristy's mom denies ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how the Baby-Sitters Club get the idea that the perfect Mother's Day present for the moms of the neighborhood would be "to not be moms" for a day. That always seemed counterintuitive to me, given that my Mother's Days were usually spent trying to do something nice for my mom and making her glad that she was a mom. I had a big problem with this premise.

The hijinks with the Baby-Sitters Club taking a bunch of neighborhood kids to a carnival were amusing enough. They did their usual th
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is actually a sweet idea for the book with the girls wanting to give their own mother along with other moms a chance to truly enjoy Mother's Day. Kristy's mom has a surprise of her own, and it's actually a pretty nice one. Overall a sweet book. ...more
This one was one of those I vaguely remember but I also could've gotten it mixed up with another book. Mother's Day is approaching and the girls are all wondering what to get their mom's except Mary Anne. I feel ya girl. That time of year sucks for those of us who no longer have a mom. Kristy and the girls decide to take as many of their charges as possible for a day to give the mom's of Stoneybrook a day off. With 21 kids in tow and Stacey in town for the weekend and not with her own mom on Mot ...more
Allison Preston
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's close to Mother's Day in Stoneybrook, and the babysitters want to do something special for their moms. But what can they do?

Kristy comes up with a solution (aka "Her Next Great Idea"), which expands upon giving their Mothers a special giving the mothers of their babysitting charges a special surprise day! And speaking of surprises...The Thomas/Brewer household is curious as to why Kristy's mom and Watson are so secretive...and why they are talking about babies.

I decided to read thi
Kristy books are so hit or miss for me. Some of them are decent, but most of them are just sort of in between. It always feels like her books involve the big plots too, where the club takes care of a ton of kids at once. I know that's probably not the case and just feels that way...or maybe it IS the case. Who knows!

The one thing that always bothered me most about this, is that Watson and Elizabeth were pretty ho-hum about adopting Emily Michelle. There were already six kids in the family, so th

As a kid my best friends sister had the whole BSC series on a book shelf in her room. I thought she was so grown up. And I envied this bookshelf. And would often poke my head into that room just to look at it.
And when I read BSC, I felt like such a grown up.
And while I might have still been a little too young to understand some of the issues dealt with in these books, I do appreciated that Ann M. Martin tackled age appropriate issues, some being deeper than others, but still important.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
My daughter chose this one for our family to read together -- in honor of my upcoming birthday. <3 As with other Babysitters Club books, the characters are well-developed (if maybe a bit more mature and independent than is truly realistic for their age) and dealing with normal kid issues. A sweet read.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love the Pike kids and all of the drama that unfolds around them wherever they go (poor Margo), and tbh the kids (and a Stacey appearance!) saved this one from being a little too silly for me. Why wouldn't Kristy's mom and Watson tell the kids they're trying to adopt? ...more
Emily Isom
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
I LOVED reading these books when I was a kid. These and Junie B. Jones were my favorite. I would highly recommend reading these books to anyone!! They are so good! It took me two days to read the whole thing!
Lianna Kendig
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book does a fantastic job tackling: nontraditional families, divorce, and adoption. I’m impressed by the subject matter of a story written in the 1980’s. It could still be a bit more diverse, but it still covers important topics for kids to learn.
Jennifer Baratta
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review on please listen to this book ...more
Teresa Granado-Law
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Dawn is singing Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. She doesn't quite know the wording. She hums and sings... "The girl with colitis goes by..." Sam (Kristy's brother) laughingly corrects her "The girl with kaleidoscope eyes." (pg137). ...more
Read my recap on A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: ...more
Kylie Abecca
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so sure I knew how this book was going to end, but I was wrong. Another great babysitting tale.
Katy Lovejoy
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wonder how universal the Thomas. Brewer situation is among blended families
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kristy's mother's springs a surprise that been foreshadowed for the past several books. She's not pregnant (as the books have been hinting at, to Kristy's horror) but she and Watson are adopting a two year old from Vietnam. In the meantime, the BSC plans an outing for their baby sitting charges to give the mothers of Stoneybrook a day off. It seems to me that the mothers of Stoneybrook have plenty of leisure time since they are continually giving the BSC so much business that they often seem to ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was OK. I didn’t like that Kristy’s friends were over during a family event. Also why would the babysitters club watch kids on Mother’s Day to take them away from there mom. Wouldn’t the kids want to spend time with there mom on Mother’s Day. Why would moms want to be by them self on Mother’s Day. Overall the book was OK.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, bsc
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Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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This is one of the final books before the endless year begins for the members of the BSC. Of course, timing has never been this series strong point and even in this book, there seems to be confusion over what time of the year it is. The book starts off at the beginning of April and then magically Mother’s Day is only three weeks away. But let’s face it, my six year old self didn’t pay attention to the details and didn’t care if the dates don’t
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc
Another boring Kristy book...bah. Kristy has a Great Idea for a Mother's Day gift, which involves the BSCers spending their free-time and own money on a bunch of kids (some of whom they don't even like *cough*Jenny Prissy-Pants-Prezzioso*cough*). Yeah, okay. They take the kids to a local carnival, fun times, Margo pukes, etc...oh and the other BSCers feel bad because Mary Anne doesn't have a mom and they keep making insensitive comments about it, until she decides to give her Dad a Mother's Day ...more
Alys Marchand
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
What happened in this book is literally child-trafficking.

The huge problem with how this all went down is the Brewers literally mail-ordered a child. That's not how foreign adoptions worked in the 80's and 90's. There were still home-checks, and the adoptive parents still had to travel to the other country and remain there long enough to be considered residents (I believe it was six weeks at that time for Vietnam). The point was hoping the adoptive parents would have time to learn about the cult
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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

Other books in the series

The Baby-Sitters Club (1 - 10 of 131 books)
  • Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)
  • 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)
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