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Dawn and the Impossible Three

(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #5)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  7,995 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for any baby-sitter. The house is always a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Graphix
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Lola A group of girls have a baby sitting club. One member, Dawn, has to deal with poorly behaved kids and an unreliable parent.
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Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
kids won't notice that this isn't by telgemeier and will still love it. as a bsc lover and purist, though, I was a little confused by this book. for some reason they decided to combine Dawn and the Impossible Three with Hello, Mallory. both of those books have enough action and enough that is compelling that they merit their own books. the big problem with including aspects of hello, mallory in this book is that they completely ignore the jessi parts of that story. I know that taking jessi out m ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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As a kid I LOVED the Baby-Sitters Club and would often spend hours scouring the library for the next title. Honestly, I probably read the series longer than I should have (reading level-wise), but it always felt like visiting friends. While I have never wanted to be a babysitter, I loved the club idea. As a bossy creative kid this was right up my alley. The friendships in this book was something I had always wanted. This was a series I grew up with and was my
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m so sad that I’ve finished this series for now - until the July release. I have been enjoying this series so much. The girls are responsible and deal with some serious issues.

I will admit I don’t like Gale’s art quite as much as Raina’s, but this was still really cute and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Schizanthus Nerd
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s the BSC adventure where Dawn gets away with being super judgy about how a BSC client lives her life. Single parent, Mrs Barrett, is desperately trying to keep her family afloat - caring for three kids under 10, job hunting, managing a messy divorce. So what if the house is kinda messy? Okay, so it’s very messy but the poor woman is dealing with a lot. Let’s cut her some slack.

Usually I try to read the graphic novel as soon as I’ve finished the book. I was unable to jump the library queue so
Abby Johnson
Yay! The graphic novel adaptations of the Baby-Sitters Club series continue with a new comic artist, Gale Galligan. She has a very similar style as Telgemeier's (and worked as a production assistant on Telgemeier's DRAMA) and kids will love her adaptations, too. Put this on your radar because kids will want it! (Coming in Sept.) ...more
Prabhjot Kaur
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dawn is the newest member of the baby-sitters club. She moved here with her mother and brother not that long ago. Since moving, her mother and Mary Anne's father have been going out and it's going well.

Dawn goes for her baby-sitting job and the Barrett family is all out of control. Mrs. Barrett leaves out the door as soon as Dawn gets there and she leaves no instructions or phone numbers and the house is all disarray. Dawn manages the situation but it becomes a regular occurrence.

Meanwhile, th
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner in the Baby-Sitters Graphic evolution, however, they switched artists for this one. This book was translated into graphics by Gale Galligan, and while I liked the newer artwork, my son said he preferred Raina Telgemeier because her art is "more cartoony." To each their own, right?

Again, this book touches on some pretty serious stuff. A negligent mother going through a rough divorce. A baby-sitting charge goes missing, and the usual, Kristy is feeling left out because when her mom
M.  [storme reads a lot]
These are so cute 🥰
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was great to see the characters and how their individual stories are progressing, along with how their friendships are growing and changing. And just like in the other books in the series, the girls have to tackle some heavy stuff. This volume highlighted the dangers of babysitting and I appreciated how it discussed the difference between babysitting and parenting. This series doesn't get enough hype! ...more
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
[4.5 stars] Really enjoyed the variety of panel work throughout this installment, as well as the use of inner monologue segments--I also appreciated how the story dipped into heavier topics. Hope Scholastic keeps producing these adaptations forever tbh.
Ruby Rose
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this fully this morning! Second time reading and it still held my attention. I love this and recommend for all ages... anyone should read this as soon as they learn to read this level. 100% clean... now all I gotta do is get my sister to read this... lol.
Cute. It's a re-read, and I only re-read it because I was bored. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable and cute story with great illustrations. I kind of miss Raina Telgemeier's art and writing but I enjoy Gale Galligan's work as well. ...more
Alice Rachel
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CWs: child abduction, child neglect, custody violation, difficult divorce, emotional breakdown, emotional parentification, exclusion, moving away, parentification

*TRIGGER WARNING: child parentification*

First of all, I would like to write an apology to Gale Galligan. I originally shunned her adaptations thinking that I would never enjoy a BSC graphic novel that wasn’t illustrated by Raina Telgemeier. Of course, I was super wrong. Gale Galligan’s illustrations are so filled with life and expr
Maggie Gordon
If you were worried about the switch in artists for this series, I have to say that Gale Galligan makes an excellent replacement with art that is full of energy! I am still enjoying the subtle changes to the stories to make them fit in 2017. This particular volume about Dawn was an excellent story about fostering resilience and maturity in younger girls. Dawn found herself in a difficult situation with a new babysitting job, and she had to take on a lot of responsibilities that were unfair. Not ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Logan Hughes
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: babysitters-club
The fifth graphic novel, and first of Gale Galligan's run as cartoonist, is a sort of combo adaptation of BSC #5, Dawn and the Impossible Three, and BSC #14, Hello, Mallory.

To start with the good, I really love Gale's art. It's quite different from Raina's, but I feel like it also goes really well with the material. It's a little more shoujo and anime-y, and it's very pretty and sweet. (The shoujo style especially works for glamorous Mrs. Barrett.) It's also very expressive, with plenty of dram
Stephanie Tournas
Those who adore the Babysitters Club graphic novels have something to cheer about: a fifth title in this ever popular series. Dawn, the newest member of the club, accepts a job babysitting at the Barrett's, where the kids are off the wall and the place is a mess. Dawn has to decide how to talk to Mrs. Barrett about the mayhem. She also has to contend with an increasingly grumpy Kristy, who is president of the club. Although the four previous books in the series were written and illustrated by su ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of our favorites in the series. Dawn is having a lot of trouble with the impossible three and the incredible and irresponsible mom that doesn't even give Dawn the most basic instructions. The police will eventually be involved and Dawn will find her courage to speak up.

We have a new graphic artist on this one, Gale Galligan. It takes a while to get used to the new drawings, but her work is good. I was just a bit distracted by the open mouths, which looked to me like moustaches. My daughter d
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my favorite of the first group of books in the original series. It was lovely to revisit it in a new form, but I much preferred the images of them on the original covers to the graphic novel versions. Still, if it's this or not reading the series at all, certainly a young person should read this. The charm is retained and my love of Dawn remains. ...more
Professional Review written for WASHYARG:

Dawn is one of the newest members of The Babysitter’s Club, and she’s still trying to prove her worth. For some reason, the club’s founder and president, Kristy, doesn’t seem to like her that much. To make matters worse, Dawn has started to babysit for the Barrett’s. The kids themselves are wild enough – but their mom is the real problem. In this fifth installment of the Baby-Sitter’s Club graphic novel series, cartoonist Gale Galligan gracefully takes ov
Sim ✨(wholesimreads)
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popsugar-2018
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars

✔️a book with a time of day in the title

So heartwarming! Such nostalgia. Super cute illos!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: graphic novel lovers!
I just love Gale's art style. I don't know why, it just seems so free, and fluid! Other than that, this book was one of my favorite graphic novels I read this quarter. It had a nice plot, and I really liked how they showed that Dawn, bearing the weight of this mom's kids talked it out with the mother. Absolutely one of my favorite Baby-Sitters Club (graphic novel). Told from the main character-Dawn- P.O.V, the setting is mainly at the Barrot's house. AND HERE COMES THE TITLE--> "The Impossible T ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well illustrated, as are all the graphic novels in this series. So, I feel like saying that every time may be repetitive.

I enjoyed the story and how Dawn took charge of a very difficult situation. I do have to admit I wasn't sure what was going on with the father of the kids, and the mom wasn't winning me over in any way. I suppose it was necessary for the plot and reflective of the time when these stories were originally written and set. But it just wasn't as effective. And I agree with my daug
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mary Ann's mom and Dawn's dad are dating. And Mary Ann's dad is letting her redecorate her room to butter her up because he is dating Dawn's mom. Mal joins the babysitters club. My favorite character is Dawn because she babysits and can make even cleaning up a game to get the kids to do things that no kids really want to do. I liked that Dawn said "anytime" not thinking that it would reall mean "all the time." That's why she is my favorite character. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I thought this book was not going to be that good because this book is from a new character Dawns perspective and I thought it wouldn't be that interesting/important as the other books in the series. But, it turns out this book was also a very important book in this series and I hope they make more! So, I rate this book 5 STARS! ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Custody battles are no joke, and Dawn gets more than she bargained for when one of her charges goes missing!

A really good story (as always) and it had a lot to say about the guidelines that baby-sitters need to set for themselves.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, comics
I love these new editions of the BSC so much. I was a little disappointed when I read that Raina Telgemeier would not be illustrating this volume but Gale Galligan is wonderful & I will definitely continue reading the series with her artwork.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this, even with the change of illustrators. The drama didn't seem as intense in this one as it did in some of the others. Still a cute story. ...more
Enjoyed the new artist and while I’ve never read the original series, they do go through a wide variety of contemporary topics and issues.
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Gale Galligan (they/she) is an Asian-American cartoonist living in Pleasantville, New York. They're best known for their three bestselling BABY-SITTERS CLUB graphic novels: DAWN AND THE IMPOSSIBLE THREE, KRISTY’S BIG DAY, and BOY-CRAZY STACEY.

Gale holds an MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she isn’t making comics, Gale enjoys knitting, reading, and spending ti

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