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A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she's was A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she's wasting her artistic talent with The Baby-sitters Club. When Claudia starts spending more time with Ashley and missing BSC meetings, it becomes clear that Claudia has to make a decision -- one of them has to go!


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A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she's was A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she's the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she's wasting her artistic talent with The Baby-sitters Club. When Claudia starts spending more time with Ashley and missing BSC meetings, it becomes clear that Claudia has to make a decision -- one of them has to go!

30 review for Claudia and the New Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarina

    Do you SEE Claudia’s outfit?!! Yes, I think I will get along fine with Gabriela Epstein. I have literally never been this excited for 2021.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    our first bsc graphic novel with new artist gabriela epstein! like with the transition from raina telgemeier to gale galligan, this transition isn't quite seamless, but is close enough to fool most kids. the book was just as subtexty (claudia x ashley = clashley) as the source material, but I can't pretend I wasn't hoping for the gayness to be explicit rather than implied. three notes about the adaptation that are worth mentioning: first, though everyone still makes fun of ashley's style, she's m our first bsc graphic novel with new artist gabriela epstein! like with the transition from raina telgemeier to gale galligan, this transition isn't quite seamless, but is close enough to fool most kids. the book was just as subtexty (claudia x ashley = clashley) as the source material, but I can't pretend I wasn't hoping for the gayness to be explicit rather than implied. three notes about the adaptation that are worth mentioning: first, though everyone still makes fun of ashley's style, she's much more alternative/punk than the described boho style in the original book. secondly, there is one two-page spread where ashley's face is smack dab in the middle of the panel, so we lose her facial expression (a mistake that, I suspect, epstein will probably not make again). thirdly, in the scene where claud makes rice krispies treats with the rodowskys, the actual recipe is included, which is a really lovely touch!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Gabriela Epstein had some big shoes to fill, joining the BSC Graphic Novel series nine books in, and I'll be honest, it took me a couple chapters to really warm up to her art. Not that it's a huge departure from what we've already seen, but it's still a little different and change is scary haha. But her cherubic angel Jackie Rodowsky won me over, and made me notice how great everyone looks. For some reason, I was especially drawn to Kristy and Dawn. I'm excited to see the next book she adapts! Gabriela Epstein had some big shoes to fill, joining the BSC Graphic Novel series nine books in, and I'll be honest, it took me a couple chapters to really warm up to her art. Not that it's a huge departure from what we've already seen, but it's still a little different and change is scary haha. But her cherubic angel Jackie Rodowsky won me over, and made me notice how great everyone looks. For some reason, I was especially drawn to Kristy and Dawn. I'm excited to see the next book she adapts! Story-wise, I enjoyed this. It's been a couple of years since I last read the original (which is embarrassing, since I thought I would get through the whole series in, like, a couple months lmao) but as far as I can tell, it was a pretty faithful adaption. I especially liked the salty BSC eating all her snacks, that was a fun little montage (especially Mary Anne catching the marshmallow thrown by Kristy in her mouth ahhahahaha!!) Oh, and the one panel of all their identical angry faces (except Mary Anne's sympathetic one) cracked me up! I can see this book being just as popular as the rest of the series, and hope that we get many, many more books. (Hey, Raina and Gale each got four, so it's only fair for Gaby and Chan Chau (who is adapting the next book) to also each get four. BSC FOREVER!!!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Librariann

    The BSC graphic novel series is back with its third official illustrator (Epstein takes over the reins from Galligan and Telgemeier). Oddly enough, I remember nothing about this plot from my 80's readings - I'm guessing I didn't own this book so it wasn't subject to the same re-readings as the other titles in the series. Typical babysitting and friendship drama, cloaked in the bright, tween-friendly hues of past series titles. Some things are universal and timeless (even if having 13 year olds s The BSC graphic novel series is back with its third official illustrator (Epstein takes over the reins from Galligan and Telgemeier). Oddly enough, I remember nothing about this plot from my 80's readings - I'm guessing I didn't own this book so it wasn't subject to the same re-readings as the other titles in the series. Typical babysitting and friendship drama, cloaked in the bright, tween-friendly hues of past series titles. Some things are universal and timeless (even if having 13 year olds supervise your children isn't.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    4 1/2 stars. -1/2 because I think it was repetitive of the other books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Irma Jara

    What can I say about this book? Illustrations: Well, it definitely took a while to get used to Gabriela Epstein's artwork after 8 other books. She illustrated the novel perfectly, but it was hard to get into that transition. Plot: I didn't really see a point in the book. Usually, some kind of lesson hits me hard, but basically, nothing happens. (view spoiler)[ She meets a friend. Loses all her other friends. Finds out her new friend is manipulative. Unfriends the friend. Re-friends all her other l What can I say about this book? Illustrations: Well, it definitely took a while to get used to Gabriela Epstein's artwork after 8 other books. She illustrated the novel perfectly, but it was hard to get into that transition. Plot: I didn't really see a point in the book. Usually, some kind of lesson hits me hard, but basically, nothing happens. (view spoiler)[ She meets a friend. Loses all her other friends. Finds out her new friend is manipulative. Unfriends the friend. Re-friends all her other lost friends. Then becomes friends again with all of them? Crap am I right? Pretend I didn't say that. (hide spoiler)] So as you can tell I was not a big fan of this book. I guess that's all I can really say about this book. I didn't find a meaning in this book like other unpopular books gave me. There was nothing more. Don't take my review into the reason why you shouldn't read this book though. I would be glad to see other people's opinions. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    I thought the message if you can call it that, was great. It's not good to monopolize one person's time, especially if you have to manipulate them to do so. I thought the message if you can call it that, was great. It's not good to monopolize one person's time, especially if you have to manipulate them to do so.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J. Dorner

    I did enjoy this book, though not as much as the other Baby-sitters Club Graphix novels. I got a copy of the book the day it came out because I was a fan of the original series in my youth, and am enjoying these adaptions. There's a great lesson about committing to your craft (in this case art, but it could apply to any pursuit - writing, music, etc). But there's also a message about not limiting yourself, to keep exploring other areas, and to not neglect relationships which can result in being I did enjoy this book, though not as much as the other Baby-sitters Club Graphix novels. I got a copy of the book the day it came out because I was a fan of the original series in my youth, and am enjoying these adaptions. There's a great lesson about committing to your craft (in this case art, but it could apply to any pursuit - writing, music, etc). But there's also a message about not limiting yourself, to keep exploring other areas, and to not neglect relationships which can result in being all alone. These are good conversation starters for teens as well as adults. The BSC girls turn into mean girls when they feel that Claudia ditched them. It's a dark side and the revenge doesn't really get addressed. But it does hold a mirror up to society because sometimes people do make new friends who have a shared interest and end up spending more time with them. This is a book with diverse characters. It is entertaining and has a happily-ever-after. I preferred the art styles of Gale Galligan and Raina Telgemeier, especially when it comes to side views of faces. With Gabriela Epstein, the girls sometimes looked more like anime wolves or some other were-creature. This book includes a mobile phone, which is a change for this "universe." The new girl character, Ashley Wyeth, has been altered from a hippie to someone who looks more like a modern teen artist from a big city. (This makes the "nice skirt" insulting comment seem bizarre.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A solid read! The illustrations were charming, and some of the expressions were absolutely incredible. The main problem I had was that it was really, really close to the original book. I know the beginning books were very much the same, but in recent editions there were changes that made the story a cut above. Also, I think that Ashley's description should have been changed to match her new appearance. I was expecting her to be more punk, given her hair and style of piercings. Making her still b A solid read! The illustrations were charming, and some of the expressions were absolutely incredible. The main problem I had was that it was really, really close to the original book. I know the beginning books were very much the same, but in recent editions there were changes that made the story a cut above. Also, I think that Ashley's description should have been changed to match her new appearance. I was expecting her to be more punk, given her hair and style of piercings. Making her still be described as a hippie felt jarring. It was great seeing her expressions though, making it clear that she was just as much as a character as Claudia was. All in all, it's a solid adaption, and the style was great too. The eye gradient was really charming and I thought it gave depth to the designs.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda Naquin

    This was never one of my favorites from the original series, but it's still a BSC book in graphic novel format, so obviously I love it. I just never could understand how that pretentious know-it-all could convince Claud that her time was only meant for her. It always irritated me. Like, at this point, y'all have been through everything, how you gonna let this newbie weirdo try and rip apart your friendships? Especially when she isn't even that nice and talks down to you like you're stupid? But g This was never one of my favorites from the original series, but it's still a BSC book in graphic novel format, so obviously I love it. I just never could understand how that pretentious know-it-all could convince Claud that her time was only meant for her. It always irritated me. Like, at this point, y'all have been through everything, how you gonna let this newbie weirdo try and rip apart your friendships? Especially when she isn't even that nice and talks down to you like you're stupid? But getting to see her baby-sit Jackie, and getting to see BSC meetings, I still love these graphic novels so much *heart eyes*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Kyanda

    Awesome middle grade, the BSC will forever reign supreme in my 11-year-old heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Not my favorite but still a decent graphic novel in this series! I’m digging the new artist Ms. Epstein as well!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Pulgarin

    really, 2.5

  14. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I enjoyed the art in this book, but the story was just not that enjoyable. A lot of shaming going on!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    •Ella•

    This was the best graphic novel ever! I loved it! 1000/5 stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Really good illustrations and story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Schuler

    The are was good (new adapter this time) but the storyline was not as good as others in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This was a cute book. Although it has a different illustrator, her drawings are pretty close to Gale's. Not much was changed from the story, except the girls were less mean to Claudia and they talked things out a little more. I think the bullying that went on in the original was eliminated. Cute book! This was a cute book. Although it has a different illustrator, her drawings are pretty close to Gale's. Not much was changed from the story, except the girls were less mean to Claudia and they talked things out a little more. I think the bullying that went on in the original was eliminated. Cute book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Popsugar: a book that's published in 2021 Popsugar: a book that's published in 2021

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Murphy

    Hey fat boy it's me jeffy, i'm about to review this book. 1. Cluadia's friend Ashley is f''king high (like my daddy), makes me wanna scream in her face, "daddy you f''king high?" 2. Why are the rest of the bsc so fricking mean. plus we barely even see them the whole book. If they were a plate of green beans, i'd throw em' on the ground. 3. I like the new author. 4. i'm so happy that Dawn's not fat anymore. Welp i'm done. hey scooter what fat boy? How about you make a review of this book. okay fat boy, Hey fat boy it's me jeffy, i'm about to review this book. 1. Cluadia's friend Ashley is f''king high (like my daddy), makes me wanna scream in her face, "daddy you f''king high?" 2. Why are the rest of the bsc so fricking mean. plus we barely even see them the whole book. If they were a plate of green beans, i'd throw em' on the ground. 3. I like the new author. 4. i'm so happy that Dawn's not fat anymore. Welp i'm done. hey scooter what fat boy? How about you make a review of this book. okay fat boy, ahhhhhh this book sucks ahhhhhh, eat my poop! JEFFY WHERE'S MY COMPUTER? uh oh it's daddy JEFFY WHAT ARE DOING ON MY COMPUTER? nothin' daddy WHAT YOUR MAKING A BOOK REVIEW well i just read a book called baby sitting club and i wanted to make a review about how it sucks. THAT'S IT JEFFY YOUR GROUNDED! F''K YOU DADDY! THAT'S IT I'M GONNA R'PE YOU AND HIT YOU AND HIT YOU WITH A BELT! AHHHHH. (Mario r'pe's Jeffy and hits him with belt. Mario where's Jeffy? He had to go to his room Rosalina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Probably not my favourite of the graphic novels. Hard to follow up on the Mary Anne and Logan romance of the last one. The artwork is great, and the story is fine. But I did find it really hard to accept that Claudia would ditch her friends the way she did, even for someone who gets her passion. And that the girls would be so mean spirited towards her. It just didn't seem true to who they were in any way. But it does have a good lesson about being true to yourself and to your friends. Probably not my favourite of the graphic novels. Hard to follow up on the Mary Anne and Logan romance of the last one. The artwork is great, and the story is fine. But I did find it really hard to accept that Claudia would ditch her friends the way she did, even for someone who gets her passion. And that the girls would be so mean spirited towards her. It just didn't seem true to who they were in any way. But it does have a good lesson about being true to yourself and to your friends.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linax

    I really enjoyed this book! I liked the characters in the story as some parts they made me get mad like the part when the (BSC) baby sitters club turned against Claudia because she got a new friend. I also hated the part where Ashley and Claudia got into a fight, but that wasn't too long until the end of the story where they became friends again . Matter of fact, everyone including The BSC and Ashley became friends.😁👍 I really enjoyed this book! I liked the characters in the story as some parts they made me get mad like the part when the (BSC) baby sitters club turned against Claudia because she got a new friend. I also hated the part where Ashley and Claudia got into a fight, but that wasn't too long until the end of the story where they became friends again . Matter of fact, everyone including The BSC and Ashley became friends.😁👍

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Not my favorite. Everyone acts horribly in this book; Claudia deserves better. Don’t love the new art, though Claudia is drawn well and she’s wearing some wacky outfits, which I appreciate. I really don’t like her version of Mary Anne, but oh well. Typo on page 112 and some inconsistencies with the phone in Claudia’s room. (Also why does she have a giant corded phone when Ashley has a cell phone?)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crizzle

    A new illustrator has taken the reigns after 4 books by Raina, then 4 by Gale Galligan. It was a pretty seamless transition although I was bugged that Claudia (who is Japanese American) has brown hair instead of black. I loved how she drew Kristy and Dawn though. A great story about balancing friendship with interests and school and not letting yourself be controlled; standing up for yourself. 4.5 stars

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I absolutely loved this adaptation. I mean, I love the whole series, but this one is probably one of my favorites. Seeing Claudia torn between her new friend, who understands her in a way that no one else seems to have in the past, and her tried and true friends in the BSC - it's something that a lot of kids go through. Oh, and the art is just brilliant too, as always. I absolutely loved this adaptation. I mean, I love the whole series, but this one is probably one of my favorites. Seeing Claudia torn between her new friend, who understands her in a way that no one else seems to have in the past, and her tried and true friends in the BSC - it's something that a lot of kids go through. Oh, and the art is just brilliant too, as always.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    This graphic novel series just keeps getting better! Claudia learns more about her art and how to look at it differently through the eyes of a new friend, but she also learns how to be a real friend throughout this book. Even though she goes through some rough patches, she learns how to be true to herself and her friends.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Still loving this series but damn, those girls were SAVAGE! I'm so glad I'm not in middle school anymore haha. I love that this series has developed into an exchange of illustrators taking on a great older series of books. It would be neat if this continued with other series from the same time period. It allows a whole new generation to appreciate the stories. Still loving this series but damn, those girls were SAVAGE! I'm so glad I'm not in middle school anymore haha. I love that this series has developed into an exchange of illustrators taking on a great older series of books. It would be neat if this continued with other series from the same time period. It allows a whole new generation to appreciate the stories.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mely

    Probably my least favorite of the three illustrators who have corroborated for the BSC graphic novel series so far. The writing was pretty much on par as previous volumes. A complex storyline, but always wraps up nicely with a big red bow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    lise

    Good! I read this because I had read ALL the other Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. I liked Gale Gilligan's style better, but regardless, it was good. Good! I read this because I had read ALL the other Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. I liked Gale Gilligan's style better, but regardless, it was good.

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