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babysitters club week! November 11, 2009

Posted by Katie in community.


Hi, and welcome to my portion of BSC Week. Amy of My Friend Amy mentioned on Twitter about how she’d like to host a BSC week and I literally jumped at the chance. I offered to do anything and everything. The BSC was my life as kid. We’re talking I was an actual BSC fan club member. Totally owned this board game. Might have made my own Kid Kits. (Okay, I did.) Memorized all the words to each and every one of these songs.

But as much as the BSC had an influence on my life, Stacey McGill had a larger one. I have a couple of theories on why I loved Stacey so much. One, we both had super long given names that we hated (Anastasia for her and Kathryn for me). Two, we both loved Mary Poppins. Three, we were both girls from the big city (NYC for her and Chicago for me).

My favorite Stacey book was honestly from the Portrait Collection. I loved getting pure NYC memories of Stacey. And it’s probably what led me to my obsession with the city.

I convinced my sister to go upstairs and unearth my BSC books so that I could re-read “Stacey’s Book” for this week.

(Thanks, Laura!)

As I was reading the book, I was shocked at how much I remembered. I was also shocked by how many things we had in common. Love for Eloise and Cinderella, dread at the thought of ballroom dancing, fear of snakes, loving every inch of NYC, always being the tour-guide friend — never able to stop narrations while out walking, even our handwriting!

(I don’t do hearts, but I do circles over my Is. Yes, I have very cutesy handwriting. Yes, that’s my to-do list for this week.)

My conclusions for this fun-filled re-read? I loved Stacey because I wanted so badly to be sophisticated as a kid, because these books came at a time when I felt so awkward and not the least bit cool. I was more like a cross between Mary Anne and Mallory, honestly.

Stacey gave me an escape, and she gave me some dreams to hold onto through those awkward years. And I did make it through them, in one piece. (And I did eventually make it to NYC, too!)



1. Sarah H. - November 11, 2009

First of all I love that you went and found your BSC books. I have been finding myself reading the graphic novels and then re-reading the books.
I always wanted to be like Claudia- she is so cool! I really wonder what those girls would be like as adults. Maybe Ann M. Martin can write an update?
Also, I love that wash laundry and fold laundry are two different things. Very cute.

2. historyofshe - November 11, 2009

AH! I loved the Baby Sitter’s Club books! Do you remember the dolls? And the TV show? I particularly remember the one in which Claudia has a hard time with her grandma being asian… I think that’s what it was about.

Like Sarah, I always wanted to be like Claudia– artsy fartsy and all. ;p

3. alitareads - November 11, 2009

I had that board game too! For about a month, until my sister and I lost it at camp. I don’t think I ever quite got over the heartbreak.

Stacey was really my first introduction to big city life. I think it was the New York! New York! Super Special, where the BSC go visit Stacey, that first got me interested in NYC.

4. GreenBeanTeenQueen - November 12, 2009

I loved the BSC!! I didn’t have the mystery game, just the regular one, but my sister and I played it all the time. And I always wanted to start my own club.

5. Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek) - November 13, 2009

Spooky coincidence – I ordered the first three books of this series a few weeks ago (one of those three-books-in-one editions) to do a reread, because I used to love them so much!

I had no idea there was a board game. I feel kind of envious now!

6. Jen - Devourer of Books - November 25, 2009

How did I miss the Portrait editions?!?

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