Audience: Children, Younger Teens
Dawn Schafer is the newest member of The Baby-sitters Club. While she's still adjusting to life in Stoneybrook after moving from sunny California, she's eager to accept her first big job. But taking care of the three Barrett kids would be too much for anybaby-sitter. The house is always a mess, the kids are out of control, and Mrs. Barrett never does any of the things she promises. On top of all that, Dawn wants to fit in with the other members of the BSC, but she can't figure out how to get along with Kristy. Was joining The Baby-sitters Club a mistake?
I loved the Babysitters Club - the books, the tv show, the movie and even the “Little Sister” books. It broke my heart when the library got rid of them, especially because they were weeded because no one was reading them anymore. Well, now adults that read them as children are coming in looking for the books for their kids and are surprised to find out that we no longer have them. The graphic novels are a perfect solution to this problem. Kids love them, probably because Raina Telgemeier wrote the first four and her books Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts are all big hits. (I loved all of her books, too.) So I was excited when I saw that a fifth BSC graphic novel was coming out. I’m not going to lie, I was also disappointed when I saw that a new author was continuing the series. However, I gave it a chance (mostly because the art was similar and Telgemeier endorsed Galligan).
Dawn and the Impossible Three was just like reading the original series. It definitely fits the modern audience while being loyal to the original story. Honestly, it made me want to go back and reread the whole series. Instead, I’ll just rewatch the movie - it’s more realistic time-wise - and recommend the graphic novels to the kids that come into the library.