November 12th, 2006

Lucy Woodward, happy

Interview: Raina Telgemeier

While pitching story ideas, Raina Telgemeier spoke of how much she had enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin as a kid. Shortly thereafter, she was offered the chance to turn four stories from the original book series into new graphic novels.

The first graphic novel adaptation was based on the very first book in the series: Kristy's Great Idea. The second, The Truth About Stacey, was recently released. There will be at least two more books in the line, which, in addition to Raina's other projects, are keeping her pretty busy. She was kind enough to give me a few minutes of her time to take part in the BSC reader survey I conducted, which led to this interview.

How old were you when you started to read The Baby-sitters Club? Do you remember which book you read first?

I read my first BSC book at age nine -- this was in 1986, the year the books were first published! I believe I ordered the first four books through my school book club catalogue, so the first one I read was book #1: Kristy’s Great Idea.

Who was your favorite BSC member?

I liked Kristy and Dawn the best. Collapse )

Read my reviews of the BSC Graphix graphic novels.

Visit both the Scholastic BSC Graphix site and Raina's official website.

Read Raina's web comics, including Smile, based on her own adolescence. Smile is also syndicated on LiveJournal.

Lucy Woodward, happy

The Baby-Sitters Club: Survey Says

This is a follow-up to the piece What the BSC Means to Me.

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The Baby-Sitters Club

Sound familiar? Then you probably also attended Stoneybrook Middle School - or at least you wish you had. I know I did.

In spite of the fact that the book series began twenty years ago and ended six years ago, The Baby-Sitters Club still lives on in the hearts and minds of loyal readers.

"Even now, at 25, I can recall vivid details like the names of all 8 Pike kids and the name of the ghost at Dawn's house," said Dani.

Those who read the books in the eighties and nineties are all grown up now, just as the main characters would be, but for many of them, mention of the BSC brings up pleasant childhood memories.

"My sister brought them home from the library, and I read them when I was done with the books I took out." This from E.C., who also said, "Yes, I'm a guy, but I read whatever my sister had around too."

When I posted a survey about the series, I received a surprising number of responses. Friends filled out the survey, then sent the link to their friends and siblings. Adults and teenagers alike checked in. Booksellers, published authors, and perfect strangers answered. Thanks to everyone who participated.

"Since I used to live and breathe BSC, I couldn't resist answering," said Brooke.

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I've never been to DisneyWorld. I haven't baby-sat in years. I've never set foot in Connecticut. I have been to Stoneybrook -- in my mind's eye, where I can still see it today.

Another participant in this survey was none other than Raina Telgemeier, the illustrator of the new BSC graphic novels. Read our interview here.

Miss the first part of this study? Find out What the BSC Means to Me.

Also check out The Atlantic Wire article entitled The Legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club.