Published by Graphix
Summary: Dawn, the newest member of the Baby-Sitters Club, has her hands full with a new job, friendship issues, and family changes. She takes a job babysitting the Barrett kids, and gets more than she bargained for when their frazzled single mom gives her increasingly inappropriate responsibilities. Everything comes to a head when Buddy Barrett goes missing, and Dawn must confront Mrs. Barrett about her irresponsible behavior. Meanwhile, Dawn’s mom and Mary Anne’s dad are getting more serious about their relationship, making the two girls excited at the prospect of becoming sisters, but leaving Kristy feeling left out of the loop. There’s also a subplot about Mallory Pike, a junior babysitter just starting out with the club, and the older girls’ doubts about whether or not she’s fit for the job. All is resolved, and the final photo shows the six girls, smiling for the camera with their arms around each other. 160 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: Fans of the first four graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier will not be disappointed by newcomer Gale Galligan’s interpretation of book #5 from the original Ann M. Martin BSC series. The artwork is similar, but not identical, which takes a little getting used to, but the story has plenty of heart, friendship, and babysitting action. I always wondered why Scholastic didn’t continue with what must have been a cash cow after book #4 was published a few years back. I’m happy to have at least one more, and hope they’ll continue.
Cons: In the Ann M. Martin series, the Mallory events were given their own separate book, which I think would have been a better choice for this series as well.