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Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working o Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working on her Web site, The Baby-sitters Club is busy with their new summer play group. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, Mimi, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought.


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Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working o Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working on her Web site, The Baby-sitters Club is busy with their new summer play group. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, Mimi, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought.

30 review for Claudia and Mean Janine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I read this while standing in an aisle at B&N and now I want them all. The whole series. For me. My kids can borrow them if they're nice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    awww this last one was so heartwarming definitely my favorite in the series and one of my favorite graphic novels ever!! Everyone read this series!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Another BSC club on the shelf. Back in my day, I always wanted to be the Claudia, the cool artist with multi-colored hair who hid candy in her closet. I also empathized with her the most because of her bossy older sister drama. *If one of my sisters is reading this, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the other one. 😊 I forgot how many sensitive issues this series delved into, like stroke recovery. Claudia’s grandmother has a stroke and the book goes into detail ab Another BSC club on the shelf. Back in my day, I always wanted to be the Claudia, the cool artist with multi-colored hair who hid candy in her closet. I also empathized with her the most because of her bossy older sister drama. *If one of my sisters is reading this, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about the other one. 😊 I forgot how many sensitive issues this series delved into, like stroke recovery. Claudia’s grandmother has a stroke and the book goes into detail about the recovery process. It’s really well done too. The books always circle back to a lesson learned but they don’t feel preachy. On to the next one!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (BOOKadoodles)

    Might be my favorite of the four I’ve read so far—I lost my grandmother earlier this year and the Mimi storyline hit extremely close to home. Love these adaptations and Raina Telgemeier’s style so much.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    This book was good It's probably my second favorite book in the series. I really liked how Janine and Claudia get into a fight but somehow it makes them closer to each other. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good and fast read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This book was an awesome book it was kind of sad and I cried but it is an awesome story and I loved it because it shows an important lesson that you should always keep inside of you. So I gave this book 5 STARS!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    So darn cute!!!! I love how each of the books have little lessons in them. The illustrations are so perfect and they are adapted well without losing vital pieces to the story. I always loved Mimi. She was so sweet to Claudia.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I love these sweet stories. It is a heart warming story of everyday life, the good and the bad told in a wonderful way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn Rose

    This book was okay. I read the first book and I really liked it. I thought that it was an accurate depiction of the actual Baby Sitters Club books by Anne M. Martin. When I was at the library, I decided to take this book out and just read the series a little out of order. It wasn't that this book was bad, I actually liked it. There were just a few things that didn't really go over well or just things I wanted to bring up. 1.) In the first book, the pictures were in color. This time, t This book was okay. I read the first book and I really liked it. I thought that it was an accurate depiction of the actual Baby Sitters Club books by Anne M. Martin. When I was at the library, I decided to take this book out and just read the series a little out of order. It wasn't that this book was bad, I actually liked it. There were just a few things that didn't really go over well or just things I wanted to bring up. 1.) In the first book, the pictures were in color. This time, the pictures were in black and white. That was a bit disappointing when I opened the book up and saw that there was no color. 2.) The book was from Claudia's point of view. The last book was mostly in Kristy's point of view. It is not that it was bad the way that it was, but it took me a little bit to realize who was in the majority of the story. I didn't have many issues with the book, just the lack of color was really bothering me. This book was about Claudia and mainly focused on her. The book took place over the summer. The Baby Sitters Club came up with a summer day camp program to watch some neighborhood kids. Also, Claudia deals with her sister, and her grandmother named Mimi (view spoiler)[who has a stroke. Claudia thinks that it is all her fault because she yelled at her. (hide spoiler)] Throughout the book, Claudia really changes her views (view spoiler)[on her sister and her education. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this is a good book, but I do prefer the first book over this one. Happy Reading! -Madelyn

  10. 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. Awwww, Mimi. I love Claudia's grandmother, Mimi and also like Janine a lot. I like when we get glimpses of the Kishi family as it reminded me a bit of my own family. Like my own grandmother, Bibi. Another solid book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is a well-conceived graphic novel version of part of the popular The Baby-sitters Club written originally by Ann Martin. Raina Telgemeier describes how she chooses which scenes to depict in the book, which is a wonderful addition for graphic novel fans. She seems to have stayed true to the series' intent and flavor, and readers will fall in love with the characters as Claudia struggles with her feelings of inferiority since her parents seem to favor her older sister Janine who makes excelle This is a well-conceived graphic novel version of part of the popular The Baby-sitters Club written originally by Ann Martin. Raina Telgemeier describes how she chooses which scenes to depict in the book, which is a wonderful addition for graphic novel fans. She seems to have stayed true to the series' intent and flavor, and readers will fall in love with the characters as Claudia struggles with her feelings of inferiority since her parents seem to favor her older sister Janine who makes excellent grades while Claudia is lucky if she brings home C's. The girls' feuding continues even after their grandmother is hospitalized after a stroke. There is just enough focus on each of the members of the club and Claudia's family and neighborhood to keep readers enthralled, especially since there are shifting dynamics within the group as they head into their eighth grade year. It's refreshing to read a book featuring self-empowered girls who aren't caught up in the need to impress their next boyfriend. Plus, there are so many funny scenes concerning babysitting and washing a dog that will have readers chortling and asking for more. I started this book uncertain whether I liked the graphic novel idea, but I ended up being delighted and highly entertained.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel A.

    I've enjoyed re-reading all the Babysitters Club books (or at least, all that are available) in graphic novel form, but this one really had the most impact. I remember reading the original Claudia and Mean Janine many years ago when the BSC was my favourite series, and it was always a book that stood out to me. It touches on so many sensitive but very relevant topics, especially sibling rivalry. I really liked how Raina Telgemeier succeeded in bringing Janine's character to life and really letti I've enjoyed re-reading all the Babysitters Club books (or at least, all that are available) in graphic novel form, but this one really had the most impact. I remember reading the original Claudia and Mean Janine many years ago when the BSC was my favourite series, and it was always a book that stood out to me. It touches on so many sensitive but very relevant topics, especially sibling rivalry. I really liked how Raina Telgemeier succeeded in bringing Janine's character to life and really letting us see her struggle within the family, even when the focus of the story was on Claudia and her perspective. I also loved how the book dealt with a very emotional topic for a younger audience. In this book, Claudia's grandmother Mimi suffers a stroke and initially loses all ability to speak or move. It is a pretty heavy topic for kids, and I remember it having a strong impact when I first read the original book as a kid. It is dealt with in a very age-appropriate way, and I like how it also tied into the Claudia-Janine conflict.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meepelous

    Wow, a really hard hitting volume of BSC! As someone who worked for a couple of years with older adults, I really appreciated the way that her grandmother's stroke was handled. Watching your loved ones get older, and feeling yourself getting older, is freaky - even to those of us in the adult world. But as per usual Martin and Telgemeier handle the lessons for readers (old and young) with great skill and maturity. SHOWING rather then telling, and especially in this volume j Wow, a really hard hitting volume of BSC! As someone who worked for a couple of years with older adults, I really appreciated the way that her grandmother's stroke was handled. Watching your loved ones get older, and feeling yourself getting older, is freaky - even to those of us in the adult world. But as per usual Martin and Telgemeier handle the lessons for readers (old and young) with great skill and maturity. SHOWING rather then telling, and especially in this volume just being open to us about some of the darker places in life. Encouraging us to build bridges and understanding people who we might in conflict with. The more technical aspects remain really solid, and even as a bit of an outside observer I'm looking forward to see where this series goes in 2017.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars This is probably my favourite one so far! I’m glad that real issues are being discussed in junior fiction, because that’s life! This one was also so sweet! The bonus section at the end explaining the making of these graphic novels was so fascinating as well ✍🏼

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    I loved the original first baby sitters club book, so when I got this i was very excited. When i read this, i read it in 2 hours, loving it so much. I bet you will enjoy it as much as i did.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olivia S.

    This is a great book to learn about loving siblings and caring about the people that you love. You should read it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Climbergirlz

    This was a great book. I read it in 2 hours and those were the best two hours of the week.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Adorable and with a great message about communication and sibling rivalry. I enjoyed this better than the original novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Messaline

    sometimes it's funny and it' a good book for girls or maybe boys

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle {halfdesertedstreets}

    What an adorable nostalgia party! I was a super-reader as a kid, powered through books at a rate of knots, re-read like a fiend — and I have pretty poor recall of the books I zoomed through in my tween years. I remember just LOVING the Baby-Sitter’s Club, though (even though my own attempts to form a BSC were destined for failure), and was always thrilled when I’d scraped together my pocket money to purchase a new edition from the Scholastic Books catalogue at school. Aside from that, I feel lik What an adorable nostalgia party! I was a super-reader as a kid, powered through books at a rate of knots, re-read like a fiend — and I have pretty poor recall of the books I zoomed through in my tween years. I remember just LOVING the Baby-Sitter’s Club, though (even though my own attempts to form a BSC were destined for failure), and was always thrilled when I’d scraped together my pocket money to purchase a new edition from the Scholastic Books catalogue at school. Aside from that, I feel like I didn’t remember heaps about the books. I remembered the girls, some of their siblings, a few key events, Kristy’s penchant for turtlenecks, Stacey’s diabetic emergency in California, and the fact that Claudia Kishi had all sorts of treats secreted in hiding places throughout her bedroom. Claudia was always my favourite. I, too, wanted to be an artist. I gazed at Claud’s (I can call her Claud, right? We ARE friends) outfits on the covers of the books and dreamed of being cool enough to pull off a white play suit with bold paint splashes all over it. But alas, I don’t have Claudia’s Asian genetic heritage nor her ability to eat Twinkies and keep her figure. And I ended up liking words more (only a bit more) than pictures. If anything, I’m probably more like her big sister Janine. BUT this graphic novel took me right back to being 11 and loving Claudia’s sheer coolness. I felt, again, all the chaos of babysitting adventures, and the total devastation of walking with Claudia through an intense family event. Mimi, I love you! Okay, I really hope my local library has more of these!

  21. 5 out of 5

    El-jorro

    ComicWorm Speaks! Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier **** Acquired: Barnes and Noble Booksellers Series: The Babysitters Club (The Babysitters Club Graphix) Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: GRAPHIX; Revised, Full Color Edition edition (January 26, 2016) Language: English **** The Story: Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two differ ComicWorm Speaks! Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier **** Acquired: Barnes and Noble Booksellers Series: The Babysitters Club (The Babysitters Club Graphix) Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: GRAPHIX; Revised, Full Color Edition edition (January 26, 2016) Language: English **** The Story: Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-sitters Club than her homework, feels like she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, gets straight As, and even takes college-level courses! But when something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, will the sisters be able to put aside their differences? The Review: When ComicWorm was in middle school, the Babysitters Club books were frequent checkouts from the library. It wasn’t entirely clear why he liked them so much when he was neither a girl nor a babysitter. Most likely…it was just the characters. Seeing these disparate and distinct personalities bounce off one another and the people they meet and watching each character live and grow. Part of the reason YA is so popular now. This was YA before it was cool! There’s just one problem: The original books are bad. That is one of great tragedies of any Bookworm or ComicWorm for that matter: The books/comics you loved and read over and over again as child are picked up again as an adult and you realize that they were poorly written, aged shabbily, or written only for specific age group. The Babysitters Club is a little of all three. Even the covers have not done well. ComicWorm is not a fashionista by any means (He gets new t-shirts at the Salvation Army) but even he cringes when he sees the garish Eighties fashions and hairstyles on the covers of the original books. Despite the series popularity back in the day, there has not been a reprint in decades. This graphic novel has proven to be the series’ salvation, because while it may not have seemed like it at first…this series is perfect for a graphic novel as the original books were the perfect lengths for such an adaptation. The art style is superb. It is bright and colorful but not flashy and it does not shy away from dark scenes when the story calls for it. When Claudia is waiting on the porch, the ambient mood is captured perfectly. There is also a more subtle approach to the art as well that is asseverated through color. In happier scenes, such as the kid camp, the scene is energetic with pronounced colors. In more serious scenes, the colors are softer and more subdued. It is said that the devil is in the details and the artist demonstrates their skill with adding such subtleties to a story for eighth graders. Having read many comic books, this one stands out to ComicWorm. This may sound strange but in comics ‘movement’ is very important. It is a known fact that in animation (of which comics are the precursor) emotions and expressions tend to be more exaggerated in order convey emotion from characters that are not as detailed as ordinary humans. The best way to accomplish this is to exaggerate movement i.e. shrugging, yelling, and making emotion more outward. The artist of this book captures this extremely well. This is not a ‘serious’ graphic novel in that the art style is not like a superhero story where lip wrinkles are drawn. The characters are drawn like animated characters. Ironically, this makes the story seem more ‘lifelike’ because otherwise it would come off as stilted and unnatural. When Claudia is angry, she looks angry. When Mimi looks angry, the reader believes that she is angry. The emotions are palatable, and this is a very emotional story that a lot of readers can relate to. Anyone who has a sibling can relate to this book, along with anyone who has experienced sudden illness or death in a family. Claudia is visibly struggling with the changes going on her life and her frustration is tangible. She loves creative ventures but she struggles with schoolwork and everyone seems to see only that, not her talents. That is very relatable to anyone creative in a world where creative skills are pushed aside in favor of math and sciences. Claudia is growing up. She is changing, her world is changing and she comes into conflict with Janine who is also struggling with her role in the family. ComicWorm is unsure on whose part this belongs too, but starting the story with ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ is both clever and risky. Perhaps not as risky because it has a picture, but it is a clever literary joke. Some readers may find it odd that the club still uses a landline and passes out flyers in the age of mobiles and social media but it actually helps the story and characters feel more ‘tactile’ otherwise and it adds a sense of timelessness to an otherwise modern update to a series that has aged rather poorly. If there are some flaws, they are few and far between. The biggest one could be that maybe there are a few too many sub plots and a few too many characters. Some of them ComicWorm just found himself saying ‘meh.’ Not bad but they didn’t feel important, then again that could be seen as an example of the slice of life genre this series represents. Final Verdict: While it is doubtful the artist will adapt all 131 novels of the Babysitters Club and then the specials, ComicWorm sincerely hopes that we see more of these books adapted to graphic format and introduce a new generation of readers to this legendary series. Five Katanas out of Five (cause they’re Japanese baby!) thecultureworm.blogspot.com

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maile Adams

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very fun to read and i think that the author did a great job on it. In this book, two sisters live with their parents and Grandma. The sisters are completely different and do not get along. The younger sister is in a babysitters club and the older sister studies hard and is always on her computer. But when their Grandma has a stroke, they must work together to get her better. The older sister gets off her computer and helps their Grandma and the younger sister I really enjoyed this book. It was very fun to read and i think that the author did a great job on it. In this book, two sisters live with their parents and Grandma. The sisters are completely different and do not get along. The younger sister is in a babysitters club and the older sister studies hard and is always on her computer. But when their Grandma has a stroke, they must work together to get her better. The older sister gets off her computer and helps their Grandma and the younger sister asks her friends from her club to help. With everyones help the Grandma started to get better. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Star Ryan

    Sooooooooooooooooooo good! I want to own these books they are absolutely amazing and this last one was probably my favorite. there was basically nothing about it that I didn't like. I'm so thankful to have come across these graphic novels. I believe I love them even more than the original babysitter Club. the illustrations just bring so much life and laughter and feeling into the story. pure quality!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Haidyn.C

    I loved this book because it reminds me of my sister and me because we always fight over simply things. Also, it is not a boring book it has a lot of details. I recommend for whoever has a sister because they could find similarities that they fight over. It is different from the other Baby sitter club ones because usually it is about more charters and for this one it was not that much charters. Will the baby sitter club survive all these fighting with the kids they baby sit?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zandy Urzua

    The book, The Baby-Sitters Club Claudia and Mean Janine, by Raina Telgemeier is a good book that is interesting. The main characters are Claudia, MiMi, Janine, and the the baby sitter club. I really like this book because it's relatable with me and my sister when when we fight and how she's smarter and me we'll just like Claudia, I do also like art like her. I also really like this author’s book’s. My favorite part is when one little kid was going to pour punch on his little sister, it made me The book, The Baby-Sitters Club Claudia and Mean Janine, by Raina Telgemeier is a good book that is interesting. The main characters are Claudia, MiMi, Janine, and the the baby sitter club. I really like this book because it's relatable with me and my sister when when we fight and how she's smarter and me we'll just like Claudia, I do also like art like her. I also really like this author’s book’s. My favorite part is when one little kid was going to pour punch on his little sister, it made me laugh. So I would recommend this book to others.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    In this graphic novelization of the baby sisters club, we focus on Claudia and Janine, and their grandmother Mimi, who has a stroke, and so they have to work hard to help rehabilitate her. This is the last of the ones illustrated by Raina. After this is it s Gale Galligan. The story is about friendship and sibling rivalry.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Fajardo

    The Baby-Sitters Club, Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier is a book from a series. This book is about two sisters, Claudia and Janine. Claudia pays more attention to art and Janine pays more attention to grades and school, so Claudia feels like Janine is the favorite child. They never get along until something happens to one of their family members, so they decide to put all their differences aside. I really enjoy this book because in some cases, people might relate to this book, and it The Baby-Sitters Club, Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier is a book from a series. This book is about two sisters, Claudia and Janine. Claudia pays more attention to art and Janine pays more attention to grades and school, so Claudia feels like Janine is the favorite child. They never get along until something happens to one of their family members, so they decide to put all their differences aside. I really enjoy this book because in some cases, people might relate to this book, and it’s nice to show how to get along more with not only siblings, but other people as well. This is a book from a series so if you like the first one, you’ll most likely like the rest. I recommend this book to girls who like reading comics, because this is a comic book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TheBookWorm🐛 🐛

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another great babysitters club book. Favorite character, Claudia and Janine and Mimi! Least favorite character.... no one. Great character development in this book! I love how Janine and Claudia are able to finally actually “love” each other! And I just love this book! Definitely recommend

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I love ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ I love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Gotta love the BSC! Everyone loves the Baby Sitters Club and these graphic novel versions are super cute! I love sharing them with my 4th graders as well as reading them myself!

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