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Who would have guessed that when the BSC girls get in a huge fight, it's shy and quiet Mary Anne who manages to save their friendship?When a terrible fight breaks out among the four Baby-Sitters Club friends, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to sit by herself at lunch, make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father without advice from the BSC gang. Who would have guessed that when the BSC girls get in a huge fight, it's shy and quiet Mary Anne who manages to save their friendship?When a terrible fight breaks out among the four Baby-Sitters Club friends, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to sit by herself at lunch, make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father without advice from the BSC gang. But the worst part is when she faces a terrible baby-sitting predicament, and she can't find any help.Luckily, Mary Anne rises to the occasion. Not only does she handle all her problems with aplomb, she also manages to get the BSC back together again.


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Who would have guessed that when the BSC girls get in a huge fight, it's shy and quiet Mary Anne who manages to save their friendship?When a terrible fight breaks out among the four Baby-Sitters Club friends, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to sit by herself at lunch, make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father without advice from the BSC gang. Who would have guessed that when the BSC girls get in a huge fight, it's shy and quiet Mary Anne who manages to save their friendship?When a terrible fight breaks out among the four Baby-Sitters Club friends, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to sit by herself at lunch, make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father without advice from the BSC gang. But the worst part is when she faces a terrible baby-sitting predicament, and she can't find any help.Luckily, Mary Anne rises to the occasion. Not only does she handle all her problems with aplomb, she also manages to get the BSC back together again.

30 review for Mary Anne Saves the Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    I picked this up casually from the library, expecting it to be a fun little jaunt into my childhood. Friends, I was wrong. The awesomeness of this little graphic novel has inspired me to want to re-read every single one of the Babysitter's Club books ever. Raina Telgemeier does a magnificent job of capturing the girls' personalities in her artwork. This book is all about a fight among the girls in the club, and Telgemeier depicts their petty emotional tactics through the artwork, showing just ho I picked this up casually from the library, expecting it to be a fun little jaunt into my childhood. Friends, I was wrong. The awesomeness of this little graphic novel has inspired me to want to re-read every single one of the Babysitter's Club books ever. Raina Telgemeier does a magnificent job of capturing the girls' personalities in her artwork. This book is all about a fight among the girls in the club, and Telgemeier depicts their petty emotional tactics through the artwork, showing just how silly and childish they are being, rather than putting that into words. The stories have been updated just enough. The girls are still the way I remember them, but wearing clothes that wouldn't look out of place in the 2000s. Mimi looked just as I thought she would look. Mary Anne's dad, though - whoa. I thought he would be much more buttoned-up looking, but his beard is kind of...sexy? I feel weird writing that. 10 year old me would be disgusted to know that adult me finds Mary Anne's dad to be good looking. No wonder Dawn's mom was so into him in high school. Full review here: http://slatebreakers.com/2011/09/01/r...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    What a sweet story. This is a wonderful example of young friendships.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I swear these keep getting better and better! For those of you like me who are VERY familiar with the original books, this is the one where we meet Dawn from California who became the reason why I wanted my parents to get divorced so one of them could marry one of my friend’s parents. That never happened. I think what makes this series so great is that it captures all of the drama and difficulty of middle school: dealing with friends, dealing with parents, dealing with younger siblings and diffi I swear these keep getting better and better! For those of you like me who are VERY familiar with the original books, this is the one where we meet Dawn from California who became the reason why I wanted my parents to get divorced so one of them could marry one of my friend’s parents. That never happened. I think what makes this series so great is that it captures all of the drama and difficulty of middle school: dealing with friends, dealing with parents, dealing with younger siblings and difficult babysitting clients. Mary Anne finally breaks out of her shell, tells her friends exactly what she thinks of them, and it explodes into an all-out babysitter brawl! (Not really. It’s silent treatment) I think I love this series more as a graphic and I am so glad a new generation is discovering the BSC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LynnDee (The Library Lush)

    I'm giving these books 4 stars purely for nostalgia. The middle school drama depicted is kind of annoying, but I know it's just representing how annoying middle school was.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kayla (BOOKadoodles)

    These graphic novels make my heart so, so happy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) 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 m RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) 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 favourite for a long time. Confession time, I may have had a bit of a crush on Logan. I was working at the library and saw that this graphic novel come in while I checked material in. I was excited to see that Baby-Sitters Club was being introduced to another generation. I thumbed through the book and saw this was the same story with a few updates. While usually I am not a fan of updating original stories (as it gives us the time and place when something was first written), I was okay with this series being updated. Moving this novelized book into a graphic novel made it easier to accept new changes. I would definitely recommend this one to those who once enjoyed reading BSC in the past. This is also great read for young girls between 9-12. I enjoyed seeing Mary Anne build her strength and confidence in this book. The one thing I liked about this series is that it is realistic, even when it seems a bit like Leave it to Beaver.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lstirl

    A sweet, girly, graphic novel based on the best selling Baby-Sitters Club series. Ages 8-12 Raina Telgemeir rewrote the original book by Ann Martin with the same title, to graphic novel format. I was not looking forward to reading this book. Not a huge fan of the syrupy sweet original series nor a fan of graphic novels, the thought of reading this seemed like a double punishment. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were modernized by the teen-feeling artwork A sweet, girly, graphic novel based on the best selling Baby-Sitters Club series. Ages 8-12 Raina Telgemeir rewrote the original book by Ann Martin with the same title, to graphic novel format. I was not looking forward to reading this book. Not a huge fan of the syrupy sweet original series nor a fan of graphic novels, the thought of reading this seemed like a double punishment. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were modernized by the teen-feeling artwork and hipper fashions and hairstyles and the story is brought up to date with the addition of little things like cell phones. The issues that the girls dealt with, such as fighting with your best friends and having to deal with problems on your own are still relevant to today’s tween, and this fresh take is sure to be a hit with girl in this age group. Despite my expectation that the novel be hokey, it was actually warm and the characters likeable. The argument between the girls is believable and we are made to feel sorry for Mary Anne without getting too upset with her peers. There was even some suspense when Mary Anne has to call an ambulance for little Jenny who she is babysitting. This was actually an enjoyable read and I think the fresh take on an old classic is a step in the right direction for today’s market and to get girls in this age group reading. The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin adapted and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Based on Ann M. Martin's bestselling series, America's favorite baby-sitters are back! Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original book in a warm, spunky, and hilarious graphic novel. Brought to life in this vivid new format, the four baby-sitting friends will captivate a whole new generation of readers. "Plenty of content, comedy, action, and emotion." - Booklist "A spirited graphic novel adaptation." - Publishers Weekly There were no reviews for this actual book, however, I did find these reviews for the series. I would not go so far as to call the book hilarious, though there was some realistic humor thrown in. This was not a silly or comic read, but rather a drama with a bit of wit. Also, as the drawings were very nice, I would not call the black and white ‘vivid,’ though it did add a dimension to the book. I do think it will capture another generation and is a fun addition to the comic genre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    So darn cute! I love revisiting these stories from my childhood in graphic novel form. The art is so cute and perfect and it stays true to the story. Mary Anne was my least favorite when I read the series as a kid, but I liked her in this graphic novel. Such an enjoyable series - I’m glad I picked it up!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I was a huge fan of the BSC books when I was a pre- teen and teen. I had tons of them, including all the Super Specials and the California Diaries series. Reading these as graphic novels is fun and opening these stories to a new generation. I love how they keep it true to the time period, not adding cell phones or anything like that. I highly recommend them for the nostalgia factor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Aw this was my fave so far. 💖

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This book is problepy the worst bookman the series so far because i do not like how all of the club members het mad at each other for stupid reasons and the fight last for at least half of the book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andie

    Candy, jobs, money, and friendship, that's what the Babysitter's club are all about. Baby Sitters Club Graphix #3: Mary Anne Saves the Day is a realistic fiction graphic novel by Raina Telgmeier based on the story by Ann M. Martin. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because it is a story based on real girls and could actually happen. The artwork in my book was different than most books because the pictures were cartoonish and in black and white. The scenery in the pictures is simple, bu Candy, jobs, money, and friendship, that's what the Babysitter's club are all about. Baby Sitters Club Graphix #3: Mary Anne Saves the Day is a realistic fiction graphic novel by Raina Telgmeier based on the story by Ann M. Martin. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because it is a story based on real girls and could actually happen. The artwork in my book was different than most books because the pictures were cartoonish and in black and white. The scenery in the pictures is simple, but the characters are more detailed. The setting of the story is the character's neighborhood, specifically at Claudia's house. The main characters in this story are Mary Ann Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Kristy Thomas. They are the four members of the babysitters club. This book is about four girls who work together to make a babysitting agency/club. It's a very popular business that families in the neighborhood use. During one of their meetings the girls get in a big fight and separate. The four girls get into a big fight over hogging babysitting jobs and they were yelling at each other and saying rude comments to each other. The title is almost a "spoiler alert", but to know how Mary Ann saved the day you will have to read the book. I enjoy reading this type of genre, which is realistic fiction, because its interesting and not too out of the box. It wasn't too original of a story because because not much happened. My favorite part about reading this book is the characters are very realistic. They seem like I could know them in real life, which is easy to connect to. My least favorite part of this book was it was too repetitive. In the story I felt like they kept repeating some parts, like how they kept having babysitting jobs over and over. As I read the book I couldn't put it down because it was an easy read, and it held my interest. The kind of person that should read this book is someone that is interested in graphic novels, realistic fiction, friendship and babysitting. I think the artist chose to create different moods with how dark or light the pictures were. For example, when the girls were outside it was brighter and when they were upset in the basement it was darker. A major motif in the baby sitters club was Claudia's bedroom. That is where all the meetings were for the club. It represents friendship and the babysitter's club in general. Some other possible motifs would be the book that they write all there information in about babysitting. Major themes in this book were overcoming conflict and friendship. For example, they all had to work together to run a birthday party for one kids they babysat for. After reading this book you could gain helpful information about baby sitting and maybe starting your own business. I would rate this book 4 baby bottles out of 5 because it was a fun and easy read, but some parts were too repetitive.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anayeli Lujano

    I like how they start off the book because at the en it actually happened she change in so many different ways even from her hairstyle I would read it again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}

    I was so excited when the first of The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix book was released. Being a Baby-Sitters devotee, I was so excited that the series that got me hooked into reading series of books when I was 9 years old would get a new breath of life. I was excited that it could possibly become a series that a whole new generation of kids could fall in love with. Raina Telgemeier's work is ah-mazing. You need to check out her portfolio here. I think she did a superb job of updating the I was so excited when the first of The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix book was released. Being a Baby-Sitters devotee, I was so excited that the series that got me hooked into reading series of books when I was 9 years old would get a new breath of life. I was excited that it could possibly become a series that a whole new generation of kids could fall in love with. Raina Telgemeier's work is ah-mazing. You need to check out her portfolio here. I think she did a superb job of updating the characters to give it more of a modern flair without compromising the essence of each character's personality. I think she really captured each character nicely. The only character that looked a little different in the book than in my head was Claudia. In this story, the girls of the Baby-Sitters Club are at war with each other and Mary Anne is in the middle trying play peacemaker between all the girls. I had a hard time remembering the original book, but it seemed like the girls spent whole book fighting with each other and the preteen hormones were getting a little old towards the end. I especially liked how Raina introduced Dawn and the back story of the high school relationship between Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother. Overall: It was an excellent graphic novel. I think a lot of young girls could definitely get into the Baby-Sitters Club series through this book and that makes it worth reading and sharing! For more reviews from the bookish mama, please click here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Star Ryan

    So.great. I found myself bull saddened in amused at the dissension in the group that happens in this book. Telgemeier captures the essence of preteen friendships so well in her charmingly adorable art style and illustrations. the characters are so cute when they're mad it's hard not to chuckle but at the same time you remember how difficult it is with precarious friendships at this age. this was such a fun jump back into my past and I'm looking forward to reading the last one as well as more boo So.great. I found myself bull saddened in amused at the dissension in the group that happens in this book. Telgemeier captures the essence of preteen friendships so well in her charmingly adorable art style and illustrations. the characters are so cute when they're mad it's hard not to chuckle but at the same time you remember how difficult it is with precarious friendships at this age. this was such a fun jump back into my past and I'm looking forward to reading the last one as well as more books by Raina.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Child960801

    In this adaptation of the third Baby Sitter's Club book, the girls fight starting a month long feud where they won't talk to each other or be friends. Mary Anne makes a new friend. Man, reading this book now makes me so glad to be past the age of 12 and all the stupid drama, where not speaking to your friends, even when they try to make up, seems like a good idea.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emzie Connolly

    I love these series ❤ I love these series ❤️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Devon Flaherty

    Smile, Sisters, and Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. All three are Middle Grades graphic novels, the first two memoir and the last realistic fiction. They were published in 2010, 2012, and 2014 (not respectively). They have all been NY Times bestsellers and have won numerous awards. Smile For me, a sad part of reading a graphic novel is that it goes so quick. I enjoyed reading Smile, but man did it read fast. For me, it was just one sitting, not even an afternoon, like as long a Smile, Sisters, and Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. All three are Middle Grades graphic novels, the first two memoir and the last realistic fiction. They were published in 2010, 2012, and 2014 (not respectively). They have all been NY Times bestsellers and have won numerous awards. Smile For me, a sad part of reading a graphic novel is that it goes so quick. I enjoyed reading Smile, but man did it read fast. For me, it was just one sitting, not even an afternoon, like as long as it would take me to peruse a magazine. I read it because my daughter picked it up off the library shelf at school and quickly read most of the Raina Telgemeier there is. I do find that a little funny, though, because–even though it seems to be devoured by the Middle Grades demographic–my favorite thing by far was all the allusions to growing up in the 80s and 90s. Raina is about three years older than I am, and I loved seeing Exclamation perfume and a Bart Simpson tee shirt… The book was just chock-full of generational allusions and shared experiences. Loved that. I have been looking for graphic novels to read for a while, actually, but I am not used to reading them. Going from all books all the time to a graphic novel is a bit of a leap. It’s fun to look at the art and to experience a story in a different way, but it can also be a little awkward; from Wuthering Heights to Smile made the latter feel clunky. However, many of you are used to comics and really enjoy them. I like that they have kept pace a little better with the way young readers think and act, like in smallish pieces and snatches. Plus I love good art. Raina’s drawings are clean and inspiring, more like the Sunday funnies than modern manga or superhero comics. I also really like that since so many kids have gone through the trials and pains of orthodontia, this book can be like a friendly guidebook during that process. I also love how Telgemeier gently shows readers that yes, you will probably grow out of your friends (geographically or otherwise), but that you will find new ones. And they’ll probably fit you a lot better. Also, that the way to “find yourself” is to keep doing the things you love. Sisters I think the story in Sisters in more compelling than Smile. It felt more natural to me, as a plot. There is the suspense of “the incident” (although, as a note, I think the revelation of “the incident” is a bit over-subtle), which creates suspense. There is the twist ending. And there is just this calm, familiar feel to the whole thing. I love the special little moments that Raina was able to translate from memory to the page, like star-gazing. And, I am happy to say, I actually LOLed at times. Drama Now Drama is a different story, altogether. It’s, well, it’s older. Besides the fact that it deals with sexual identity, it is completely about junior high relationships and is replete with kissing and dates, etc. (Actually, when I think about it, most of the personalities and circumstances in this book are more appropriate for high schoolers. And I don’t just mean high school readers; I mean these are high school situations that would more likely be happening to high school characters, all around.)I asked my fourth-grade daughter if she’d read it. She said, “No” and asked why. When I told her, she said, “Yuck!” So while all the other Telgemeier books are appropriate for the younger set, this one is not. Besides that, it’s okay. Cute. Real. Simple. But I think it’s not quite as good as the other two above. Baby-sitters Club #1, #2, #3, and #4: Kristy’s Great Idea, The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day, and Claudia and Mean Janine So, one of the reasons I personally enjoy Telgemeier is that we appear to have a whole lot in common. Among the things in common is a love of The Baby-Sitters Club. They were my absolute favorite books as a kid. I must have read a hundred of them (including the Specials and the Mysteries). One of my favorite book memories is the day my dad came home from work and handed me Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy’s Big Idea and I sat down on the porch in the setting sun and read the entire thing before dinner. I was very happy, then, to see that Telgemeier teamed up with Ann M. Martin to “Graphix” four of the first books of the series. (Note: There are no plans to continue the series.) The characters in the new series looked just the same as I had imagined them twenty-plus years ago (except up to date)! I got a kick out of these books. Plus, Claudia was always my favorite, so I enjoyed #4, especially. The books were just what I remembered: sort of light and innocent, but also tackling the more difficult things the average junior higher goes through (in this case, arguments with friends, moving, divorce, tough customers, illness, added responsibilities, etc.) Reading these really made me want to go back and read some of the original BSC, but lo and behold they are not that easy to get your hands on despite that they are one of the best-selling kids series of all time. (Barnes & Noble carries them online, but not in any boxed sets.) I need to go through some old boxes at my mom’s and see what I can find. Until then, I have one eye on Ebay. Overall So the question I’m left with is this: Did I enjoy these books for themselves, or because they were so nostalgic for me? I’m just not sure I can separate the two. I know that my daughter enjoyed them, as do her friends (with the exception of Drama). I know that I breezed through them. I know that they are a superior graphic novel for Middle Grades, by the awards and the other reviews. But I also know they are going to be bumped up–possible severely–because I am thirty-five and can relate to all the 1980s adventures. One of my favorite thing about Telgemeier is the simplicity. And yet, I am also a little put off by it. Just take a look at the covers. On one hand, you’re super unimpressed that an artist used a simple smiley face to sell her books. On the other hand, everything has this old-fashioned, family-style Sunday comics kind of feel. It’s like they’re perfectly executed, but a little underwhelming. Maybe it’s just the simplicity distracting us from the perfect execution? I would recommend these books for people my age and junior highers (but Drama only if they are ready for a book about sexual identity). I would also point out that they are super-fast reads, but if you are in to graphic novels, you understand this. If you have ever enjoyed the Sunday funnies, you’ll find the art reminiscent and enjoyable, while at the same time new. ***REVIEW WRITTEN FOR THE DEVON TREVARROW FLAHERTY BLOG***

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danni Green

    To my great dismay, my local public library no longer has the original Babysitters Club books. Seeing me, a full-grown adult, nearly distraught in the middle of the children's room after being told about this, one of the librarians hastened to find that they did, indeed, have one copy of a graphic novel version of the 3rd book, and perhaps I would like to read that? Well, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, but I decided to do it anyway and I'm glad that I did. It certainly wasn't the original To my great dismay, my local public library no longer has the original Babysitters Club books. Seeing me, a full-grown adult, nearly distraught in the middle of the children's room after being told about this, one of the librarians hastened to find that they did, indeed, have one copy of a graphic novel version of the 3rd book, and perhaps I would like to read that? Well, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, but I decided to do it anyway and I'm glad that I did. It certainly wasn't the original but for people who prefer graphic novels to text-only books and/or who don't have the sentimental attachment to the originals that I do, I'd say it's excellent, and even I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Although all of these graphic novel adoptions of the original baby sisters club can be read out of order, it helps if you don't, because new characters are brought in, and people come and go, and if you read it out of order, you misse these little things. The third book in the series introduces Dawn, from California, who becomes friends with Mary Anne when the club has a fight. Usual middle school friendship problems. I think the best things about the books is their problem Although all of these graphic novel adoptions of the original baby sisters club can be read out of order, it helps if you don't, because new characters are brought in, and people come and go, and if you read it out of order, you misse these little things. The third book in the series introduces Dawn, from California, who becomes friends with Mary Anne when the club has a fight. Usual middle school friendship problems. I think the best things about the books is their problem solving of how to deal with the kids. This book too was done by Raina Telgemeier, but she turns over the reighns by book 5.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Siegel

    The Baby-Sitters Club gets into a big fight that creates problems not only for the group, but for their business. No one is speaking to each other, so Mary Anne meets Dawn. Dawn is the new girl and they becomes fast friends. While babysitting, Mary Anne is forced to deal with an emergency and asks for Dawn's help, resulting in Dawn eventually joining the club. I was so happy that Mary Anne received more freedom in this novel and although the parent storyline was predictable, I still really enjoy The Baby-Sitters Club gets into a big fight that creates problems not only for the group, but for their business. No one is speaking to each other, so Mary Anne meets Dawn. Dawn is the new girl and they becomes fast friends. While babysitting, Mary Anne is forced to deal with an emergency and asks for Dawn's help, resulting in Dawn eventually joining the club. I was so happy that Mary Anne received more freedom in this novel and although the parent storyline was predictable, I still really enjoyed the journey.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TheBookWorm🐛 🐛

    Another great babysitters club book. My favorite character in this book was Mary Anne (again, because it is geared more towards her, and there is more character development for her). Again, no least favorite character. I won’t really give anything away, that way people can go read it themselves. I definitely recommend this series though!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amie

    This graphic novel series is like a guilty pleasure - reminds me of reading the Baby-Sitters Club as a pre-teen but in graphic novel format! Such consistent story telling with the book series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book series was my childhood and the graphic novels are so good at capturing the heart and feel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This one focuses on Mary Anne and introduces Dawn. There's a big fight about something silly, and the club doesn't talk to each other for a while. Things eventually work out for all of the members.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aleta

    So cute!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I love being in the BSC world. I felt like they wouldn't have gotten into a weeks long fight though? They would've stayed true to the BSC motto and not ditch meetings. But I liked the illustrations!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    i really enjoyed this book too i really like this series

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yurika K

    I think it is really fun! Its a story of a fight, but being friends again! Love it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Nostalgic, yet not dated. Love these, and I wish Raina would illustrate all of them.

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