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Baby-Sitters on Board!

(The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,162 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Claudia and Dawn are the luckiest baby-sitters in the world. This summer they're going on the greatest trip ever: a plane ride to Florida, a boat trip around the Bahamas, and then three days of fun - in Disney World!

Of course they have a million adventures. Claudia gets notes from a mysterious "Secret Admirer." Kristy, Mary Anne, and Stacey make
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Scholastic
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Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
this is the first of the super specials. i remember being so psyched about this book's release when i was a kid. it was extra thick & had chapters from the points of view of every club member, plus byron, mallory, & karen. the premise: mr. pike won a contest at work, & the prize was an all-expenses paid cruise for his entire family, plus three days at disney world. i bet whoever came up with the bright idea for the contest was kicking himself when mr. pike, father of eight, won. with all those k ...more
It's been a few weeks but it's time for another: 'Book from my mother's house that I read as a child!'

This is the start of an epic Babysitter's Club Goodreads add because I had a LOT of these books. I remember I use to go into WHSmith with my Dad (the man who started my passion for reading) and get the 'Special' books if I was good. I loved these girls. So 80's, but where else was I going to get an inspirational role model like Kristy? Entrepreneur, woman boss.

Actually, Stacey was my favourite.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Wibbly-wobbly... Timey-wimey... Stuff

The previous title in the Baby-sitters Club series, Hello, Mallory was published in June 1988, and up until now, although the series has following a fluctuating timescale, the series of events has been linear. Dawn joined, and then Dawn was around. Stacey left, and then Stacey was gone.

So how do we deal with Baby-sitters on Board!? Published in July 1988, this first Super Special has Stacey in Stoneybrook and Mallory, who just previously fought tooth and
Nov 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Like most 90's kids I loved The Babysitters Club series and I watched the movie so many times as a kid that my friends and I would reenact scenes from the movie(God! I was a nerd). I just knew that when I grew up(turned 14 years old) I was gonna be a babysitter with my friends. That didn't end up happening because as it turned out I don't like kids and would rather be mauled by wild animals than spend time with children.


Anyway all that is to say that this book hit different reading it
This book was way more boring than I remember it being, except for some intense lesbian subtext.

The BSC goes on a cruise with the Pikes and the Brewer-Thomases. Dawn gets dragged around by an overly pushy dude, and nobody finds anything wrong with it. Claudia has a stalker, and it's So Romantic (ugh). Kristy spends the whole cruise hanging around an old man, which makes me wonder where her parents were throughout this trip.

But the subtext, man. I admit that I was a naive kid. I didn't know whe
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
first note: I was not able to get The Be Sharps' Baby on Board out of my head the whole time I was reading this.

super specials are different from regular bsc books in that they are significantly longer (this was 24 chapters as opposed to the usual 15 chapters), and the narrator switches from chapter to chapter. in this, the FIRST EVER super special, the baby-sitters go on a cruise in the bahamas that ends in a three-day trip to disneyworld. the pikes had won the trip for their whole family a
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The BSC takes an inexplicable cruise to Disney World in this first super special. It's interesting to read for many reasons: it almost seems like Disney sponsored this book, since it talks so much about Disney things, also Mallory Pike is a character even though she is not yet a regular member with regular books, also how did Ann M Martin and her editors come up with the idea for Super Specials? I absolutely LOVED them as a kid.

Things I remember from reading this as a kid:
Very little. The only t
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it

I wanted to read this SO BADLY when it came out, but my library never got a copy, and I couldn't justify paying extra for it out of my allowance when I could have bought two other BSC novels for the same price.

So, this was the first time I've read this, even though I'd read other Super Specials when I was young.

I was a little creeped out by Claudia's secret admirer, and by the fact that 10 year old boys were allowed to just run around without supervision on an unfamiliar Caribbean island. Seri
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Ah, the first BSC Super Special.

Maybe my introduction to the format? I remember how exciting it was to get a bigger book of your favorite series. It felt extra special.

This one gets a lot of hate because it's basically an advertisement for Disney, but it is sooo nostalgic to me. I think no vacation I ever took lived up to my dreams of a perfect getaway like this: a cruise ship AND Disney World? It seemed unfathomable to me as a child.

This is the first book that breaks up the story by multi-ch
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Can you say VACATION!!!
All the members of the babysitter club , the Pikes family , and Kristys family take a cruise heading for DisneyWorld. Along the way they meet some new friends. Dawn runs into a blond haired cutie who may just be the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. This MUST be what love feels like. Mary Ann meets a girl who is around her age but seems so much more sophisticated and grown up. This girl is very mysterious and secretive though. Claudia finds out she has a secret admirer
Aug 14, 2020 added it
Shelves: reread, 2020
Next up in revisiting childhood faves. I have so many thoughts. I also can’t possibly rate these.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
a solid entry! they’re on a cruise, they go to disney world, stacey befriends a little boy, dawn gets kissed on the cheek
for the first time, claudia has a secret admirer. docking a star for giving the pike triplets their own chapters.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, mg
So, my mom found a little paper from when I was in third grade upon which I wrote "My favorite book is Baby-Sitters on Board by Ann M. Martin. I like it because I feel like I'm really there." I decided to re-read it as research for a book I'm writing about third-grade-age kids (that's right, a book I'm writing!). It no longer seems like a masterwork of literature, but I could see where my third-grade self was coming from.

Some thoughts:

Not nearly enough Claudia outfits!

I enjoyed Kristy's friendsh
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I felt guilty in Sunday School because I didn't pay attention to the lesson. I was too excited about going home to read this book. ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm embarrassed to admit that I cried. That was stupidly lovely. The Stacey and Mark story is my favourite. ...more
Quinn Esther
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Childhood days! 😊😊😊
Before I get to my actual review, a quick disclaimer: Ever since I learned that Netflix was reimagining one of my favorite childhood book series, I had decided that I would be embarking on a re-read of this series, reliving a series of books that helped to shape me into a voracious reader. I am so excited to embark on this travel back in time. I don't expect to be mentally stimulated -- I mean, I'm not exactly a pre-teen middle-schooler these days -- but I make no apology for choosing to enjoy t ...more
As an adult, this did not hold up well for me at all, but as a kid, this would have been 5 stars without question. As a kid, I loved this (and all the super specials), and the cruise trip and Disney vacation had an epic feel to me. As a grown-up, the idea of all these young kids running around a cruise ship and Disney by themselves is... baffling. I laughed out loud when Marc Kubacki's dad says to Stacey "I'm sure you're responsible" and allows this thirteen-year-old stranger to whisk away his w ...more
Jennifer Maloney
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread 2021
Well that was adorable! Add this one to the list of BSC books I have read 30+ years ago but definitely didn’t remember! 😂🤣

In this book, the gang goes on a cruise and then to Disney World! It was a fun story with lots of mystery and even a little romance.

I always liked these vacation stories that the Super Specials told. I remember how excited I’d get in grade school when I’d run across one of these in a library. 😁
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Found all these on my Kindle from AGES ago and thought I may as well read them again since my child is obsessed with them (and I kind of love that). Since they are like a 1 hour read each I’m hoping to have this done fairly quickly but I somehow own all 12 of the Super Specials. NOSTALGIA HERE I COME.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-lit
Ah yes, the book that gave me unrealistic expectations about the number of hotel employees who would let tween me charge things to my room (zero) and how many boys tween me would meet while on vacations with my parents (also zero).
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Giving this a 3 largely based on nostalgia and the author's ability to represent various people in her stories so everyone could find themselves in her stories. Wow times have changed... but love of Disney World apparently doesn't! ...more
Dustin Holden
Feb 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad I got into another original BSC story. So sweet and simple and an easy read!
Love all the old school DisneyWorld shoutouts and reminded me of the 80’s/90’s pop culture push for so many stories (mainly sitcoms) to go to the DW parks
It was really good and had a lot of social issues which made it more interesting.
T. R.
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of my first books to the BSC, I believe, so I have a little bias in the book being one of my favorites. However, I will say some of the things that happen to the girls seems unrealistic, but, of course, that is what you get with fiction. Rereading it now, I see how some of the BSC books shaped my misconstrued idea of romance as a teen. 2 of the girls get "boyfriends" during this cruise and they meet the guys rather quickly, which is kinda creepy to me now. Like, child, you do not kn ...more
Lecy Beth
Apr 29, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022
As a young girl, I remember this being one of my favorite of Martin's books in the Babysitters Club collection, so I used this to fill a slot in a reading challenge. I did have a lot of nostalgia when reading this but I also found a lot of it to be problematic. The writing isn't that great. There's a lot of redundancy and overuse of certain words or phrases. The structure of the book is a diary of a trip, with each chapter being told by a different kid in attendance, and that made it difficult t ...more
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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I wasn't entirely sure how to fit in the Super Specials when it came to my rereading schedule for this series. After some research, I discovered this book was released after book twelve in the series. Of course, this doesn't exactly fit the timeline because it's supposed to happen during the summer before the original five head into eighth grade. It doesn't even fit the summer schedule because it takes place after Stacey and Mary Anne went to Sea
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't much care for the Super-Specials when I was a kid because they kinda confused me with the shifting points of view. I also usually had a problem with the sort of contrived individual plots in which it seemed like the author was trying to give each narrator an individual conflict and silly resolution.

In this book the Pike family goes on vacation. Whenever the Pike family does anything, you know it's going to be full of hijinks, because there are eight children and some of them are pretty
Aubree Bowling
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading these from book one with my almost-third grader, but I got good kindle deals for the supers and stocked up...and couldn't resist a preread on my own. Two fun hours of my childhood back!! I love how these books are wholesome, highlight each girl with diverse interests and personality types but all are equal in value, from tomboys to fashionistas to quiet bookworms. A character for everyone to identify with, I think, if you're in the 8-10 age range of innocent eagerness to be 13. I also ap ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read all these books when I was a little girl and loved them. And even though it has been many years, I still remember the joy these stories gave me. Adventures of ordinary girls, with their own personalities. I could relate to each one in their own way. The lessons in getting through every day life gave hope and encouragement to a shy girl who was often teased as a girl. I could escape into one of the books and pretend I was in their group. I even wrote myself into a fanfiction or two back th ...more
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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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The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Baby-Sitters' Winter Vacation (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, #3)
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