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Title: The Baby-Sitters Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three
Author(s): Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin
Publisher: Scholastic/Graphix (2017)
Age Rating: All Ages
If you were a pre-teen girl in the 90’s, I bet you read a lot of The Baby-Sitters Club. Not that boys didn’t read them as well, they just didn’t, and I know…I was a boy in the 1990’s. And I’m not the one to say girls do this and boys do this, or girls play with dolls, and boys play with trucks, but having just read a 2017 adaptation of a 1995 young adult book, I think I have enough evidence to say, this series is marketed to pre-teen to young-teen girls. There’s nothing wrong with that, and if you know boys that have read The Baby Sitters Club series, awesome! But there is not one boy in this club…or a girl of color, but that’s a blog for a different time.
And these opening comments are neither a slam or a praise of the book; they are just straight up and down like 6 o’clock.
Scholastic has published a series of Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels based on the 1995 books. The graphic novel of Dawn and the Impossible Three, originally written by Ann M. Martin, is composed by graphic novelist Gale Galligan, who was a production assistant on Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. The art is proof of that since it is very reminiscent of Telgemeier’s art as well as Jenny and Matt Holm’s Sunny books…toss in a splash of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s characterization, and you get this graphic novel. If that sounds like a compliment, it is.
The art is clean, colorful, and only slightly breaks traditional panel structure/layouts making this book a good introduction to the graphic medium just as a Telgemeier or Holm book. There will be fan cross-over among the three groupings of books mentioned here, but it’s safe to say that the Baby-Sitters Club books are aimed at the youngest of audiences of the three because while the BSC book does hit on slightly serious themes such as divorce and how to have difficult conversations with adults, the Telgemeier and Holm books are a grade or two more mature. None of them inappropriate in any way, that’s just how I would scaffold them to young readers. The themes and literary merit are a bit less evident in the other titles, leaving me to assume that The Baby-Sitters Club is more for growing readers.
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