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Baby-Sitters on Board!

(The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,309 ratings  ·  114 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 (first published 1988)
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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 ...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.
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 and
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
rated it it was ok
Jan 22, 2010
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
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
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised that I still like this book. Most of the storylines were interesting. I liked the chapters told by the BSC. I didn't like the ridiculous feud between Kristy and Dawn for half the book. I had forgotten about the holiday flings that Claudia and Dawn had. I didn't like the chapters that Mallory, Byron, and Karen had. Although, Mallory's parts were less annoying than the other two. I'm not interested in cruises, not even in the Caribbean, so the first half of the book was less enjoyabl ...more
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
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. Serio
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.
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
Danni Green
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever, r4k
The Baby-Sitters Club books were always my favorites as a kid, and I'm pretty sure this was my favorite of them all. It was lovely to go back and enjoy it all over again.
Quinn Esther
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Childhood days! 😊😊😊
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bsc, 2016-all-books
I read this book over and over again when I was young. The BSC super specials were some of my favorites of the series. They had so many adventures! I'm on a quest to own every BSC book published, and I'm also occasionally re-reading them, too, and this one is a little disappointing now that I'm an adult. Claudia's Secret Admirer plot just seemed creepy. Kristy is more annoying than usual (seriously...throwing chip bags on the floor just to annoy Dawn?). And Mary Ann and her new friend Alex...jus ...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
Who wants to start an "I Hate Karen Brewer Club"? I'm down to be president and organize all of our hateful discussions about this little brat.

This was the very first Super Special, and as a kid these were all very exciting. They were bigger, for one, than a regular book and they featured characters that you didn't always get to read about as individuals. Do I really WANT Byron Pike narrating a chapter? Not necessarily, but it's something different I guess.

I just really hate Karen, guys. This kid
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is why I must go to Walt Disney World, take a cruise to Nassau, and fall in love with a mystery admirer/former child actor all while taking care of someone else's children. And you best believe I will be charging manicures to my room, or "cabin", Karen Brewer-styles!

Aaaand I can't believe I remember all that off the top of my head. Kathleen Kelly was right -- when you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does! (I a
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hahahah, okay this is obviously getting 4 stars for purely nostalgic reasons. This had to be the first book in my childhood that made me obsessed with the idea of cruises and vacationing with friends. Karen's little manicure that she charged to her father's account was like the highlight of my elementary school life back in the day! But even then, I remember finding Claudia's little stowaway stalker more creepy than adorable, but I guess they were all kids back then and it was all harmless. Haaa ...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.
Kristine Hansen
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The BSC takes off on their first super special vacation that includes all the sitters, and a great deal of the kids. What I love is that while the babysitters get to have their chapters in their point of view (everyone gets a turn) so do quite a few of the kids, which is a nice change. Don't you love seeing into the minds of the triplets? Karen is, of course, always a trip.

What I liked? So many divergent storylines that do wind up coming to a nice and neat resolution. What I didn't like? Serious
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, bsc, own, reread
I was so excited to dive into the first Baby-sitters Club Super Special that I started reading when I was exhausted, so I had to stretch this out over two days. Which is kind of embarrassing. But hey, these books are looooong! (Compared to regular BSC, that is.)

What's not to love about Super Specials? There's usually travel involved, the whole Club is generally together, there's always a romance or two, and I love how each chapter is narrated by a different character - and sometimes by non-BSC m
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I still say some of the things that happen in this series would make more sense if everyone were aged up 3-5 years.

If I'm going to give one piece of specific criticism for this book, having been to the Bahamas since I last read this, I can say for sure that the setting descriptions are awfully generic. The parts about the cruise ship are at least fairly accurate, though.

Also some of the Disney stuff is awfully outdated, but I guess that's to be expected since this is over 30 years old.
Courtney Wheaton
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Babysitters Club books as a kid and I have recently decided to re-read as many of my old favorite book series as I can as an adult. I am knee deep in nostalgia for the 80s....
I really enjoyed this, I thought the overall story was fun, each character had enough to do and the drama was light hearted and fun. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The trip certainly had interesting plots at the beginning, but I started losing interest. Besides, I couldn’t stand Kristy’s immaturity and Karen’s antics. The worst part is Karen doesn’t even get punished for wandering the ship (Thankfully, she wasn’t kidnapped.). I wonder what Watson’s going to say when he sees the charges on his credit card.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Surprisingly boring.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Debs :-)
Meaghan Steeves
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was really nice reading this again. A little cheesy but still! Made me very nostalgic. :)
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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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