The Plot Of Every Original ‘Baby-Sitter’s Club’ Book, Based On The Coverings
Remember “The Baby-Sitters Club” series? Me too! Baby sitters! A club! A daughter named Stacey! The very essence of’ 90 s childhood.
Okay, penalty, I never read “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Somehow, in all my Scholastic Book Fair-attending, middle-grade library section-rummaging, Barnes and Noble gift card-using adolescence, it never occurred to me to crack one of those newborns open. And now, when I assure “Baby-Sitters Club” cover outfits ranked, or supposition on where the gals would be now, I feel like a real chump.
Fortunately it’s style easy to fake having read the books. Look at those encompass! A painting is worth hundreds of thousands of terms, and a “Baby-Sitters Club” cover design might be worth 10,000 terms, so meaningful is every detail.( I presume .)
This week, in celebration of the series’ 30 th anniversary, I eventually committed to catching up with all of my generational dame cohort. That’s right: I looked at every single cover of the original 35 books penned by Ann M. Martin herself, and guessed each plot. I now feel confident that I can hold my own with the biggest “BSC” superfan out there.
Looking for a cheat sheet? Read on for the plot of every original “Baby-Sitter’s Club” book, based solely on their coverings 😛 TAGEND
Plot : Kristy has a~ super great~ idea to turn all of her friends’ chill group hangs into work instead. Everyone plays along because tbh, Kristy is the Blair Waldorf of this volume covering( I believe) and no one wants to piss off a chick with that level of headband game.
Plot : To cope with the crushing emotional onu of acting as a mom figure to an apple-cheeked toddler who would definitely be the focus of their own nationals news frenzy if she left the stroller in Blockbuster by collision, Claudia starts calling into a singles phone line called GhostLines. She develops a huge crush on the mysterious boy on the other aim of the bellow — but she has a sneaking suspicion that he for real is a ghost! Uh oh. Hijinks ensue.
Plot : Stacey seems like a nice golden-haired girl who doesn’t remotely require the flesh of prepubescent children to nourish her ravenous body and her wicked, wicked spirit. But actually, she has been fattening up unsuspecting kids on bonbons and cinnamon rolls before devouring them to fulfill a cannibalistic starvation she alone can understand. It’s a very lonely life.
Plot : Mary Anne wanders in from an American Girl book, specifically Molly Saves the Day . In “BSC” world, she has to win the Camp Gowonagin Color War without the benefit of her prescription glass. She has to squint real hard to see anything, even objects right in front of her.
Plot : Dawn guessed she’d be baby-sitting, but instead she’s taking care of three young kids who present her with challenges like “having facial expressions” and “standing next to her.” Finally, realizing only inhuman monsters would do such things, she bravely slaughters them and restores the world’s equilibrium.
Plot : Someone is getting married, perhaps, but no one cares because the only reason anyone even wanted to have a marriage is so Kristy could wear a bridesmaid dress and a flower crown. Everyone wants to grow up to be just like Kristy, especially the bride.
Plot : Claudia cusses out her sister Janine in front of a small boy, but it’s wholly her sister’s faulting because Janine was being so, like ugh, am I right?
Plot : Stacey will do anything to get sons to notice her even kidnap small children she’s supposed to be baby-sitting to offer to the cutest boys as tribute. It entirely runs. Aww!
Plot : There’s a ghost at Dawn’s house.
Plot : Mary Anne is into a guy who … dun dun DUNNN … is somehow a baby sitter himself, a super-suspicious selection of male after-school tasks. She ignores the red flag because he’s got the fluffiest hair, but he turns out to be a total perv. I mean, merely look at what he’s doing to that poor kid.
Plot : There are girls with even sweeter headbands than Kristy, and they own the sidewalks every day when they take their noble hound and their fluffy cat( hmm) for a saunter. Kristy needs to walk her dog too. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!
Plot : There’s a new daughter in town, and she doesn’t allow baby-sitting. Claudia eludes this decree, but the new girl’s threat of painful limb twistings are too much.
Plot : Stacey is leaving forever, but also she’ll be back soon. Everyone is super bummed and smiling. This book is very, very short.
Plot : Baby sitters have a private club, and for some reason a girl named Mallory wants in. They try to pull her hair out. Middle-schoolers are little sociopaths.
Plot : A bunch of “girls ” have gathered for some innocent, if gender-normative, fun by garmenting up in tiaras and pretending to be beauty queens. But an ominous figure lurks behind the curtain … ready to ten-strike. A little trivia: This volume was subsequently adapted into a movie called “Drop Dead Gorgeous”!
Plot : Jessi is a secret agent, and she’s learning a secret language to secretly report back to other operatives about the very important little son she’s baby-sitting. Why? IT’S A SECRET.
Plot : Mary Anne is a mysterious curse on helpless people around her, who are mysteriously injured in her presence. Why? IT’S A MYSTERY. And perhaps she’s not a very good baby sitter.
Plot : Before the big museum field trip, Stacey has been telling everyone that her favorite dinosaur is the triceratops. When she eventually arrives at what she thinks is the triceratops exhibit, the sign says that it’s a brontosaurus. YIKES. Stacey is humiliated in front of all her friends.
Plot : Oops! Claudia breaks her own leg to build her friends LOL, but in the process she makes herself vulnerable to velociraptor attacks after a nearby “Jurassic Park”-style laboratory suffers a security breach.
Plot : This instructional book helps young readers learn about “walking disasters” by quizzing them on which person in a series of tableaux is the “walking disaster.” Which one is the strolling catastrophe on the covering scene? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Plot : Mallory has twins. Her life become a hellscape of vomiting, soiled nappies, tantrums and regret.
Plot : A day in the life of a pet sitter, who cares for pets such as puppies, fish, bunny rabbits, human toddlers, ferrets and cats while their owners are out of town.
Plot : Being at the beach has changed Dawn. Sun-kissed scalp so hot, she’ll melt your popsicle, especially after she becomes best friends with Snoop Dogg !!
Plot : Kristy forgot about Mother’s Day and goes to a carnival instead.
Plot : Mary Anne is close friends with Tigger from Winnie the Pooh . When he runs away, Mary Anne results the search party until Tigger is found in a big city flophouse, high on cocaine. That’s only the kind of pictures she is.
Plot : Claudia is halfway to being an adult and no one has told her about death yet , nor has she managed to figure it out on her own. This is pretty embarrassing. Fortunately Claudia’s grandma, probably, is able to sit her down and say “goodbye forever” before she succumbs. Cautioning for sad emotions!
Plot : Eek! Jessi’s perfectly nice game of badminton is ruined when a TV superstar comes to town and she’s confused by swooning over his hot bod. Thanks to the resulting leadership void, her badminton squad falls into utter disarray, and they lose the tournament. Having caught the eye of the TV star, Jessi realise too late that he’s a total narcissist after she’s run away with him to Thailand. How’s she gonna get out of this mess?
Plot : Stacey has returned home to die.
Plot : Mallory and the other baby sitters depict a total lack of respect for other people’s privacy: A cautionary tale.
Plot : Someone is getting married, perhaps, but no one cares because this is Mary Anne’s big day.
Plot : This volume was subsequently adapted into a Disney animated movie, “Cinderella.”
Plot : Susan plays piano. What a dweeb.
Plot : Claudia suffers a delusive violate from reality in which she becomes persuaded she is the biological descendent of a wealthy and powerful royal family. Her parents are forced to send her to an in-patient psychiatric center for intensive treatment. It’s very painful for everyone.
Plot : Mary Anne knows a place where the grass is truly greener. Warm, wet and wild, there must be something in the water … and all the boys are trying to sneak a peek at her. Except for the two very young boys she is acting as a primary caretaker for. Mary Anne has a crazy and sexually liberated spring break, which IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF, but her employers do alleviate her of her baby-sitting duties for making out with too many dudes while she’s supposed to be on amateur lifeguard duty.