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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 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? Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and charm of the original novel!


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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 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? Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and charm of the original novel!

30 review for Claudia and Mean Janine

  1. 4 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. 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. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur (Away)

    Claudia feels she is not smart enough as compared to her older sister, Janine. Claudia likes art and crafts and painting whilst Janine likes Maths, computer and science. Their grandmother, Mimi tries to play the buffer between them but then she has a stroke. Mimi wakes up but she has to have therapy to recover properly. Meanwhile, summer vacation is starting and Kristy comes up with an idea for the summer holidays and how they can make extra money as well as help out the neighborhood kids with pl Claudia feels she is not smart enough as compared to her older sister, Janine. Claudia likes art and crafts and painting whilst Janine likes Maths, computer and science. Their grandmother, Mimi tries to play the buffer between them but then she has a stroke. Mimi wakes up but she has to have therapy to recover properly. Meanwhile, summer vacation is starting and Kristy comes up with an idea for the summer holidays and how they can make extra money as well as help out the neighborhood kids with play activities. Kristy feels a little left out due to the newest member of the baby-sitters club until they spend time with each other and have fun. Also, Claudia helps out with Mimi's therapy and she makes up with her sister as well. This was another cute graphic novel with such an amazing story about friendship and family. I loved the illustrations as usual for this series. 4.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur (Away)

    Claudia feels she is not smart enough as compared to her older sister, Janine. Claudia likes art and crafts and painting whilst Janine likes Maths, computer and science. Their grandmother, Mimi tries to play the buffer between them but then she has a stroke. Mimi wakes up but she has to have therapy to recover properly. Meanwhile, summer vacation is starting and Kristy comes up with an idea for the summer holidays and how they can make extra money as well as help out the neighborhood kids with pl Claudia feels she is not smart enough as compared to her older sister, Janine. Claudia likes art and crafts and painting whilst Janine likes Maths, computer and science. Their grandmother, Mimi tries to play the buffer between them but then she has a stroke. Mimi wakes up but she has to have therapy to recover properly. Meanwhile, summer vacation is starting and Kristy comes up with an idea for the summer holidays and how they can make extra money as well as help out the neighborhood kids with play activities. Kristy feels a little left out due to the newest member of the baby-sitters club until they spend time with each other and have fun. Also, Claudia helps out with Mimi's therapy and she makes up with her sister as well. This was another cute graphic novel with such an amazing story about friendship and family. I loved the illustrations as usual for this series. 4.5 stars

  4. 4 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!!

  5. 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 about the recovery process 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!

  6. 4 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This is *technically* not high quality literature but I was sick today, and I wanted to meet my reading goal. Plus my sister has the entire series, and this is SO cute. I finished it one sitting (of course) and I now I have an extra book towards my goal.

  8. 5 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!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Charisse

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana Flores

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lots going on in this volume: Claudia's grandmother Mimi has a stroke, Claudia and her sister Janine aren't getting along, the BSC runs a summer playgroup, Jamie is jealous of his new sister Lucy... all combine for a great read. The issues adapted by Raina Telgemeier are my favorites of the graphic series. Lots going on in this volume: Claudia's grandmother Mimi has a stroke, Claudia and her sister Janine aren't getting along, the BSC runs a summer playgroup, Jamie is jealous of his new sister Lucy... all combine for a great read. The issues adapted by Raina Telgemeier are my favorites of the graphic series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lily - Books by Starlight

    When I was in 6th grade, I accidentally walked out of the library without checking this book out. The scanner thing didn't beep for some reason, and I got so anxious wondering if I should walk back in there to check the book out that I just didn't because I was so scared of the scanner actually going off. Me today would've walked right back in and check it out, but ah well. The book is still sitting on the bottom shelf of the children's books section in our study. Maybe I'll just like walk back When I was in 6th grade, I accidentally walked out of the library without checking this book out. The scanner thing didn't beep for some reason, and I got so anxious wondering if I should walk back in there to check the book out that I just didn't because I was so scared of the scanner actually going off. Me today would've walked right back in and check it out, but ah well. The book is still sitting on the bottom shelf of the children's books section in our study. Maybe I'll just like walk back into the middle school someday and try to give it back? Eep!

  13. 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 my 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.

  14. 4 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    I really, really liked this series. I just finished all four books and the kids in my elementary library are loving these as well. The characters are relatable. Another winner from Raina Telgemeier!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie Emerson

    I am loving these graphic novels of The Babysitters Club! They were always a favorite of mine growing up and I love seeing the illustrations. It really brings them to life for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    These are such cute books to read in between all the other heavy ones. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the stories too. The girls and their friendship is wonderful. So nostalgic.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    anakdenesor

    I'm following this series since the first book. Raina,very talented author who deliver good message thru her books. This book deliver a lot of messages about how important being close to a family, friendship, being able to tolerate with each other and how to deal with tantrum of younger kids. I love this book, because it capture the real scenarios in our real life. I'm following this series since the first book. Raina,very talented author who deliver good message thru her books. This book deliver a lot of messages about how important being close to a family, friendship, being able to tolerate with each other and how to deal with tantrum of younger kids. I love this book, because it capture the real scenarios in our real life.

  20. 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, the pictures 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

  21. 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved The Baby-Sitters Club as a kid, so I’ve been trying to reread some of the books now. My library only has the graphic novels, which I wasn’t sure about but ended up loving. Claudia and Mean Janine is book four. It’s summer and the club has planned a day camp for neighborhood kids. When Claudia’s grandmother has a stroke, her family must come together to help Mimi. There’s underlying theme of sibling rivalry. The end of this book had a section explaining how the author of the graphic novel I loved The Baby-Sitters Club as a kid, so I’ve been trying to reread some of the books now. My library only has the graphic novels, which I wasn’t sure about but ended up loving. Claudia and Mean Janine is book four. It’s summer and the club has planned a day camp for neighborhood kids. When Claudia’s grandmother has a stroke, her family must come together to help Mimi. There’s underlying theme of sibling rivalry. The end of this book had a section explaining how the author of the graphic novel adapts the original material and the process of getting the new novels to final production. It was interesting to see initial sketches and the final product. I loved the sibling rivalry theme and how siblings feel jealousy or misunderstand each other. The ending was happy but also realistic with Claudia and Janine working on their relationship with each other and in their larger family unit. Raina Telgemeier does a good job of staying true to the original work but also making the artwork interesting and the story flow. As I’ve said before, I recommend these books for middle grade readers and their parents who want a dose of nostalgia.

  23. 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 just being open to us abo 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    I am loving the new Baby Sitters Club series! This is the fourth book, and like the others, it stays true to the original novels. In this story, the girls have to deal with family issues. Claudia has to learn to get along with her sister, because she’s the only sister she has. They come together over their grandmother’s health problems. I love how each of the Baby Sitters Club books demonstrate something that young girls have to face in their lives, while also working on their baby sitting jobs. T I am loving the new Baby Sitters Club series! This is the fourth book, and like the others, it stays true to the original novels. In this story, the girls have to deal with family issues. Claudia has to learn to get along with her sister, because she’s the only sister she has. They come together over their grandmother’s health problems. I love how each of the Baby Sitters Club books demonstrate something that young girls have to face in their lives, while also working on their baby sitting jobs. The girls all feel for Claudia’s problems with her sister because they all love her grandmother and feel close to Claudia’s family. I’m so sad that Raina is no longer going to illustrate these graphic novels. I hope the next artist can live up to Raina’s work!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sim ✨(wholesimreads)

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 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 ✍🏼

  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. 5 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. 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.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

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

  30. 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!

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