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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 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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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 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 (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9)

  1. 5 out of 5

    HG

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Claudia meets a new girl in her English class, Ashley from Chicago, who loves art and sculpting just as much as she does. Ashley ends up being in her pottery class too and they hit it off, talking about art and spending lots of time together. Claudia ends up missing some BSC meetings because she is so busy hanging out with Ashley. Her BSC friends are mad because Claudia is missing meetings, and Ashley is mad because Claudia is spending too much time babysitting. Claudia has to figure out her pri Claudia meets a new girl in her English class, Ashley from Chicago, who loves art and sculpting just as much as she does. Ashley ends up being in her pottery class too and they hit it off, talking about art and spending lots of time together. Claudia ends up missing some BSC meetings because she is so busy hanging out with Ashley. Her BSC friends are mad because Claudia is missing meetings, and Ashley is mad because Claudia is spending too much time babysitting. Claudia has to figure out her priorities and who her real friends are. I was so proud of Claudia for standing up to Ashley and letting her know that she wants to spend time with the BSC and on her art. Claudia was able to make things right with the BSC and all become friends again. She realized that the BSC girls were her true friends.

  2. 5 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

    Sarina

    July 2021 Content Rating: yellow CWs: (view spoiler)[ peer pressure, toxic friendships, friendship difficulties (hide spoiler)] I know the “new girl” Ashley was supposed to be the toxic friend in this story, but I think the BSC members were being toxic too. The whole club treated her completely out of proportion to her actions. The first time Claudia said she was gonna sit at a different table, Kristy was extremely rude to her. And the first time Claudia missed a club meeting, the BSC acted o July 2021 Content Rating: yellow CWs: (view spoiler)[ peer pressure, toxic friendships, friendship difficulties (hide spoiler)] I know the “new girl” Ashley was supposed to be the toxic friend in this story, but I think the BSC members were being toxic too. The whole club treated her completely out of proportion to her actions. The first time Claudia said she was gonna sit at a different table, Kristy was extremely rude to her. And the first time Claudia missed a club meeting, the BSC acted over-the-top about it, saying Claudia betrayed them. The book was difficult to enjoy. I wish Claudia’s friends had been more concerned about her missing club meetings rather than being mean and revengeful. Claudia needed her friends to be there for her while she sorted out her toxic relationship with Ashley. With her friends being so mean, she got more and more wrapped up in Ashley. Thankfully the BSC starts to redeem themselves by the middle of the book by asking the right question: how good a friend is Ashley to Claudia? They realize that maybe Claudia isn’t abandoning them on purpose—maybe she just doesn’t know how to get herself out of a sticky friendship. I like that Claudia and Ashley (view spoiler)[ sort of make up in the end. Ashley needs to work through some harmful behaviors and Claudia needs to know her own boundaries, but I think they can make a friendship work. I hope to see that in later books! November 202o 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. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A transfer student upsets the status quo for the friendship group in the BSC. It's not one of my favorite episodes since so many of the characters are acting mean and petty for a lot of the book, but I do like the arc Claudia follows and her conscientious interaction with the members of the Rodowsky family for whom she babysits even in the midst of all the tempest-in-a-teapot tween drama. And there are good lessons about prioritization and time management. It's a pretty decent start for the new A transfer student upsets the status quo for the friendship group in the BSC. It's not one of my favorite episodes since so many of the characters are acting mean and petty for a lot of the book, but I do like the arc Claudia follows and her conscientious interaction with the members of the Rodowsky family for whom she babysits even in the midst of all the tempest-in-a-teapot tween drama. And there are good lessons about prioritization and time management. It's a pretty decent start for the new adapter, Gabriela Epstein.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Book Hooked)

    They were all so cute except this one👀 this was literally The third book. And the art? No. Why did I read this? Bc I loved these in middle school and had to continue them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    This is one of my favorite books, so I'm happy that the graphic novel is extremely faithful to the source material. I like the character design of Ashley; her edgy style felt like a good update of the 1980s "hippie". I enjoyed the way this brings the story to life. Claudia and Ashley's "finding source material" montage is funny and relatable, Jackie Rodowsky is sweet and winning, and Ashley's abstract fire hydrant sculpture is cool. I was sort of hoping against hope that the queer subtext in thi This is one of my favorite books, so I'm happy that the graphic novel is extremely faithful to the source material. I like the character design of Ashley; her edgy style felt like a good update of the 1980s "hippie". I enjoyed the way this brings the story to life. Claudia and Ashley's "finding source material" montage is funny and relatable, Jackie Rodowsky is sweet and winning, and Ashley's abstract fire hydrant sculpture is cool. I was sort of hoping against hope that the queer subtext in this book would be made text in the update, and it's not, but it's also not toned down. It includes one of my favorite moments: when Claudia tells Mimi she just met a girl who she somehow thinks will be a good friend, and Mimi remarks that it happens that way sometimes - it happened that way with Claudia's grandfather. I felt the exact same way when I, at twelve, first met the cool edgy-style artist who would eventually become my first queer significant other, so that moment/this book was very important to me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Trinh

    3.5 stars this book makes me realize that Claudia is my favorite character lol

  8. 5 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!!!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookWorm

    "Friends are friends because they like each other, not because they're in debt." Review: I am kind of confused. It has been a bit since I have read a Babysitters Club book and maybe that is why Claudia and the New Girl didn't really work for me. Some things seemed off. One of which, was the writing. I don't know if it is just me, but the writing, especially in the beginning, seemed different and not as good. Also, the BSC's reaction to Claudia hanging out with Ashley was completely over the top. M "Friends are friends because they like each other, not because they're in debt." Review: I am kind of confused. It has been a bit since I have read a Babysitters Club book and maybe that is why Claudia and the New Girl didn't really work for me. Some things seemed off. One of which, was the writing. I don't know if it is just me, but the writing, especially in the beginning, seemed different and not as good. Also, the BSC's reaction to Claudia hanging out with Ashley was completely over the top. Maybe the book skipped all the ways Claudia was forgetting her responsibilities as VP of the BSC, but their reaction was still unnecessary. It just doesn't remind me of how the Club usually is, but maybe it's just a "me" problem. Rating: 3 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    I love the Baby Sitters Club series and I'm glad they were made into graphic novels! I enjoyed the illustrations and Claudia's personality. I like how I get to experience and see all the characters' reactions and thoughts. This novel is a good reflection on friendship. I would definitely recommend. I love the Baby Sitters Club series and I'm glad they were made into graphic novels! I enjoyed the illustrations and Claudia's personality. I like how I get to experience and see all the characters' reactions and thoughts. This novel is a good reflection on friendship. I would definitely recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Palestine Fay

    Meh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

    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.

  13. 5 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.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dusti Falgoust

    These graphic novels always bring me joy <3 Simple easy to read. Perfect as filler reading material.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kallee LaFave

    I like this book a lot because it shows that friend are really important.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ava King

    I really liked this book it shows how other people can stop you from doing things you want to do. just follow your heart!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lily

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

  18. 5 out of 5

    Courtenay

    I found myself missing Raina Telgemeier's illustrations on this one... The storyline is a good one I just didn't seem to enjoy it as much as the earlier adaptations. I found myself missing Raina Telgemeier's illustrations on this one... The storyline is a good one I just didn't seem to enjoy it as much as the earlier adaptations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✨Shiloh✨ Davis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Legit, these books show me ( especially this one, as an artist ) which people I need to look out for in this world. Ashley was too controlling over Claudia and her art life. She’s annoying. Overall, though, great book! I love it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    •Ella•

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    If “nice” friends are girls who eat all your candy and leave notes saying, “Roses are red, violets are blue, Traitors are jerks and so are you” then I hate to think what mean girls are like. I’ve read all the previous bsc books, and the characters in them were nothing like the girls in this book. All throughout Claudia and the New Girl I kept waiting for Kristy and the rest of the bsc to make a big apology to Claudia for being nasty, unkind friends, but they never did! In the end it was as if th If “nice” friends are girls who eat all your candy and leave notes saying, “Roses are red, violets are blue, Traitors are jerks and so are you” then I hate to think what mean girls are like. I’ve read all the previous bsc books, and the characters in them were nothing like the girls in this book. All throughout Claudia and the New Girl I kept waiting for Kristy and the rest of the bsc to make a big apology to Claudia for being nasty, unkind friends, but they never did! In the end it was as if the readers were to assume Claudia was the one who was being a bad friend! This book didn’t have any similarities to the rest of the series. It was full of gaps in the storyline, sent a horrible message about staying in unhealthy relationships, and the writing was significantly dumbed down compared to the previous books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Llyr Heller-Humphreys

    Such a great series

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did not like this book. In short, I really hated the way that the BSC behaved. In this book, they act downright toxic, and I'll go into it. At the beginning of this book, Claudia meets the new girl. She's very intrigued by her style and gets to talk to her a little bit at the end of class. She mentions her to the BSC in a positive way and shows interest in having her as a friend, mentioning to Mimi "We only talked for a few minutes, but I think maybe we're going to be friends. Isn't that funny I did not like this book. In short, I really hated the way that the BSC behaved. In this book, they act downright toxic, and I'll go into it. At the beginning of this book, Claudia meets the new girl. She's very intrigued by her style and gets to talk to her a little bit at the end of class. She mentions her to the BSC in a positive way and shows interest in having her as a friend, mentioning to Mimi "We only talked for a few minutes, but I think maybe we're going to be friends. Isn't that funny?" The next day, Ashley comes to her after-school art class. Claudia is very happy to see her and they talk a little bit about art before Claudia shows Ashley her portfolio. Ashley is very impressed and compliments Claudia, saying that she was talented enough to get into a high-standard art school in Chicago, Keyes. You can see how much Ashley's praise means to her because Ashley is a very talented artist. A sculpture contest is announced and Ashley tells Claudia that she could enter. Claudia lists her reasons that she can't go, but Ashley encourages her, saying that she could "mentor" her so she could enter. Claudia shows more enthusiasm for it and says that she would think about it. After school, Claudia is babysitting the Rodowskys when Ashley shows up. She tells Claudia that she lives next door and expresses skepticism over her spending time babysitting and playing games with the kids instead of working on her sculpture. She tells Claudia that in her spare time, she paints or sculpts instead of babysitting. Claudia tells her that she has plenty of time for her art and wants to meet with her to discuss Claudia's sculpture. Ashley leaves and Claudia resolves to not let Ashley see her playing games in the front yard again. During lunch the next day, Claudia agrees to sit with Ashley instead of the BSC so they can discuss her sculpture like they planned yesterday. She and Ashley go over to their table to tell them and the BSC is frustratingly cold. Claudia is angry and slams her tray down on the table, saying "What, can I not have a new friend? They have to right to make me feel like I've committed a federal crime or something." Ashley invites her to a watercolor show after school for ideas and Claudia agrees to go. Claudia has a great time, thinking "Ashley made me look at paintings in ways I wouldn't have by myself. And she listened, really listened, to what I had to say about them!" This sentence really struck me. Claudia is always described as the "artistic one" in the group, but no one else in the group seems to support her art as much as Ashley does. Ashley is cool, talented, and loves art just as much as Claudia does, so it's no wonder that Claudia feels drawn to her. Claudia is fifteen minutes late to the BSC meeting, and the members look unnecessarily frustrated when she walks in. Claudia says that they started without her, and Kristy reacts angrily, saying "Of course we started. The phone began ringing. What did you expect? That we'd tell everyone to call back after Claudia got here? We weren't sure you were coming at all. Where were you?" Claudia says that she was at an art exhibit with Ashley and Kristy asks why she didn't call to tell them that she was going to be late. Claudia defends that she ran the entire way home and says that they had a good time. Stacey immediately compares Ashley to her, saying "How good a time? As good a time as when you and I go to the mall?" This really frustrates me, because Claudia has known Ashley for less than a week, and hung out with her two times: once during lunch and once after school. Stacey has no need to be so hung up about who Claudia hangs out with. This paragraph is the first example of the BSC's toxic behavior. Claudia reflects that she didn't deserve to get jobs, thinking "That was fair. It was a rule. If you were going to be late and didn't tell anyone first, you lost privileges. Still, I didn't like the way it felt to be left out." The last panel is Stacey openly glaring at Claudia. The next day, Claudia and Ashley hang out after school to pick an idea and Claudia decides that she'd rather pick an idea and skip one meeting. She calls Dawn to let her know. When she gets back to her room, there are two notes left on her bed. The first is from Kristy: "Really disappointed in you, Claudia. You're letting the BSC down again. The second is from Mary Anne telling her what her job is. The next morning. Claudia is walking to class with Ashley when the BSC confronts her. Standing in the hallway, shoulder-to-shoulder, they glare at her when she greets them. Kristy says that she wasn't at the meeting yesterday, and when Claudia tries to explain, Dawn interrupts her with a sarcastic "We know, we know. Your sculpture." Stacey follows up with a "Nice skirt," directed at Ashley, which was completely unwarranted. Ashley looks upset. Kristy asks if she's coming to the next meeting, but adds if she has "permission" from Ashley, the second unnecessary dig at her. Ashley defends them, saying that she needs to spend time on her work. Claudia looks grateful at this, and Ashley continues, saying that if she wants to be a great artist, she needs to spend a lot of time on her work. Kristy continues to get angry at Claudia, asking if she's quitting the club. Claudia, frustrated, yells that she's not. Mary Anne and Dawn say that she could have fooled them. Quick reminder that Claudia has missed two meetings total. They meet three times a week. During art, Ashley tells Claudia that she's proud of the work that she's done and asks if she wants to come to her house sometime. This chapter ends with Claudia thinking, "Ashley was a talented artist, and she valued and trusted me. What else could you want in a friend?" The fact that she says that at least Ashley trusted her gives a good idea of how toxic the BSC is being. An image from the shared BSC notebook is on the next page, beginning with one person's comment: "Some people here are traitors. And you know who you are. ...we have a little problem right now. It's a certain person who keeps missing meetings. It's a good thing we have an alternate officer because Dawn sure has had to take over the duties of our vice president a lot lately." [A lot meaning exactly two times.] It ends with a different comment saying, "Yeah, our VP used to be very nice, but now she never shows up to meetings and she hangs around with a person who wears bell-bottom blue jeans to school." Stacey asks if Claudia wants to hang out after school but Claudia declines, saying that she has to catch up on school assignments but that she'd love to do it another time. Claudia's on her way to do that when Ashley shows up, asking if she wants to see the studio. She shows a little reluctance, remembering her lost work but agrees. She asks if she can borrow her phone to tell the club when she gets there and Ashley shows understanding, giving her a hug and saying "Sure thing." That night, Stacey shows anger at hearing that Claudia went to Ashley's house. This is reasonable. What is not reasonable is that instead of calling Claudia and trying to work something out, she suggests revenge. The club ransacks her room, eating her food and dumping it in the wrong places. They short-sheet her bed, they wreck her things, and they decide to leave notes for her to find. They don't show all of the notes, but one says "Roses are red, violets are blue, traitors are jerks, and so are you." They put these on her mattress and other places. Let's keep in mind that Claudia lets them use her room for the BSC meetings. They are guests in her own home. This is extremely toxic behavior. After they do this, they have the audacity to discuss whether Ashley is a good friend or not. They say that Ashley spends a lot of time by herself and doesn't speak to them, not thinking that maybe the reason that she doesn't like to talk to them is that they're extremely exclusive. If I made a new friend and her old friends acted cold to us and sought "revenge," I would stay as far away from them as possible. The page ends with Stacey, sitting on the bed that she left cruel notes on, in the room that Claudia loaned them, saying "I'm beginning to wonder just how good a friend Ashley Wyeth is." Do you see the toxic behavior? The next day, Ashley sees Claudia when she's babysitting the Rodowskys again. She asks why she spends time babysitting when she could be doing her sculpture instead. Claudia and Ashley argue, Ashley saying that she could be a great artist, and Claudia saying that she needs time for other things. Remember that every time they've hung out for art, it's been a consensual thing. Ashley has invited her to do something, Claudia has agreed, and they've both enjoyed it. During this argument, Claudia says "You shouldn't make up conditions for friendship." I feel as if this would be 100% more applicable for the BSC over Ashley. Ashley has never indicated that she wouldn't want to continue being friends even if Claudia wasn't an artist, but the BSC is acting like it's the end of the world if Claudia misses a few meetings. [The count is at three total meetings now.] They're talking about her behind her back, confronting her angrily in school, and getting "revenge" for things that shouldn't need revenge. Ashley leaves, upset, and Claudia thinks that "She was right. I haven't been a good friend. At least, not to Stacey and the other members of the BSC. I thought everyone must hate me. I'd be surprised if any of them ever spoke to me again." The next day, Claudia goes to sketch Jackie for her sculpture, and Mary Anne, who is babysitting at the time, asks if she and Ashley are best friends now, and Claudia replies that they're not even friends anymore. Here comes the part that I recognize in a lot of books. The author(s) realize that the so-called "villain" is in the right in a situation, so they decide to add in an extra, unnecessary scene in order to put one side in the right and one in the wrong. Ashley storms into the house and tells Claudia that she's disappointed that she's sculpting Jackie. Claudia stands up to her and says that she's going to sculpt what she likes, and Ashley says that she's not going to learn it from her. With an offhand "Have fun ruining your career," she slams the door and leaves. Mary Anne makes the obligatory "she doesn't care for you like we do" conversation and Claudia says that she'll be missing another meeting because she needs to study. When she gets home, she calls Ashley. She explains to her that her life has a lot of things in it, and that she's the happiest when she's busy. She says "I really like you, Ashley, but I can't spend all my time working on art with you. Even if you're the most talented person I know. Do you know what I mean?" Ashley (recently made the villain) says she does and hangs up the phone. Claudia says that a real friend would have tried to understand (cough, cough, like the BSC should have before they destroyed her stuff, cough, cough). Next, she calls Stacey and tells her that she's sorry she's been a flaky friend recently, and that she wanted to hang out with Ashley because she's never been able to talk about art like that before. Stacey says that they can still be friends and then Claudia calls Kristy to tell her that she's going to be at the next meeting. Do you see how in all of these, Claudia is apologizing? Not a single time does anyone else take the blame for anything, even though throughout the entire book, Claudia rarely ever does anything wrong. Claudia goes to the BSC meeting the next day and says this: "I'm sorry. I, um, really missed you guys and babysitting. I'm sorry I let myself get carried away with art and animated objects or whatever they're called. Please understand... hardly anybody tells me I'm really good at something when you're me. That just doesn't happen often. Then Ashley came along. She was an amazing artist who complimented me. I felt important when I was with her... and I didn't want to lose that. I know now that she wasn't a real friend, though. I just hope we can be friends again." I'm not going to go into detail about the rest of the book, but it's your regular storybook ending. The BSC apologizes vaguely for "not handling things well," never specifying the things that they actually did. Claudia promises to be a better friend (aka, not stand up to them when they act toxic). Ashley agrees to be second best because the BSC is more important because they're the main characters, and she'll probably never show up in a book again because she's not a member of the BSC. Claudia never finds out about the notes. This book heavily romanticizes toxic friendships and encourages a black-and-white viewpoint. I believe that Claudia and Ashley are the victims in this situation, and if you disagree I'd like to invite you to reread the book. I have a copy at my house that I certainly don't want anymore.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    Torn on this one. On the one hand, parts of it are a fairly faithful adaptation of the original. On the other, things were obviously changed and these things do not always make sense. If this is your first go round with the BSC at all, I think you'll enjoy the ride with a couple of quibbles we'll get to in a sec. So on that merit, I'm giving this a solid 3 stars with the knowledge that for first timers, it might be higher. Thing is, this isn't my first go round with New Girl and my biggest quibbl Torn on this one. On the one hand, parts of it are a fairly faithful adaptation of the original. On the other, things were obviously changed and these things do not always make sense. If this is your first go round with the BSC at all, I think you'll enjoy the ride with a couple of quibbles we'll get to in a sec. So on that merit, I'm giving this a solid 3 stars with the knowledge that for first timers, it might be higher. Thing is, this isn't my first go round with New Girl and my biggest quibble is that if you're going to change and adapt things (which I don't mind in theory), they should be things that make sense or help improve the story in some way. Visually, I get changing Ashley's look. You've got Dawn and Stacey as blondes already. I get changing her aesthetic. But there are repeated mentions of her original look, the hippie look, in text and this Ashley? NOT A HIPPIE. Seriously, when Jackie asks if Claud and the girl who wears the long dresses are mad at one another, I looked back and counted exactly ONE instance of Ashley MAYBE wearing a dress (and it read more of a skirt). Even if I assumed that Ashley wore nothing but long dresses on weekends, given that she lives next door to Jackie's family, it's still a weird thing to include. Seriously, just take out the hippie mentions and it's only a thing to people who read the original. A long held thought in the BSC fandom is that the BSC overreacts to Claudia's friendship with Ashley, especially when they trash her room/stuff and leave her mean little notes. I've always been a bit on the fence about that because as a kid, I totally got why they'd do it, but I also get why, as adults, you'd think, "oh, honey, no." This version is a bit more condensed and it feels even more rushed and out of character given that with the exception of Stacey being the worst friend/coworker a few books back, the BSC's been pretty squeaky clean/nice til now. If nothing else, Stacey's reaction feels pretty authentic (fearing that Claud has replaced her with Ashley and being beyond ticked that Claud apparently lied about not being able to hang out), so that's a point in the book's favor. I'm not really sure where I'm supposed to think these land on the updated timeline kind of thing. Ashley's got a cellphone so Claud can call Dawn to tell her she's going to miss a meeting, but this also means that she could've called the first time (or any other time) to say she was going to be late so... The other change is the hill I am apparently going to die on. Jackie Rodowsky is adorable and fantastic in his own right and always has been. But the fact that of the three Rodowsky brothers, he's the one shown with brown hair while Shea and Archie could be argued to have auburn hair (there's a reddish/purple tint going on) and that Shea's got the Rodowsky freckles but Jackie does not? SACRILEGE. Look, if the Thomas boys in Karen's graphic novels can all look identical despite being different ages, I think the Rodowsky's can share freckles/red hair since there are height differences going on here. Or, and here's a thought, let Jackie be the standout with the reddish hair and freckles. I promise, if we can tell the difference between Dawn and Stacey, we'll know that Jackie isn't a Pike sibling. I will die on this hill and I will take you with me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Patton

    Middle grade Monday! I’m working through the BSC with my littles and we’re enjoying them. They love the graphic novels, I think because they’re a little young for the books and the pictures make it easier to follow. The stories always have stuff we can discuss. In Claudia and The New Girl, Claudia meets a new student, Ashley, who also loves art. The two become fast friends with Claudia neglecting her BSC friends, who don’t handle it well. But when Ashley starts demanding that Claudia pick art ov Middle grade Monday! I’m working through the BSC with my littles and we’re enjoying them. They love the graphic novels, I think because they’re a little young for the books and the pictures make it easier to follow. The stories always have stuff we can discuss. In Claudia and The New Girl, Claudia meets a new student, Ashley, who also loves art. The two become fast friends with Claudia neglecting her BSC friends, who don’t handle it well. But when Ashley starts demanding that Claudia pick art over her other hobbies, the two have a falling out and Claudia has to repair her relationships and catch up on neglected school work. What I liked: None of the girls handled the new friendship well - Claudia neglected other aspects of her life, the club was jealous and Ashley was possessive. But, the book really ties it together at the end and has all the girls apologizing and trying to start fresh. It also led to good discussions on what each girl should have done instead. I am a huge fan of using books and other media to have these tough conversations. What didn’t work for me: There is a storyline about one of the kids they babysit for being clumsy which I didn’t love. I remember it from the original books though. I could see it making some kids feel bad because the club does discuss not wanting to sit for him. Ultimately, Claudia does a great job of including him though. Who should read it: I’m always amazed at how well these stories hold up and stay relevant for kids today. The graphic novels are great family read alongs - we read and discuss a chapter a night. I’d guess the target age is probably upper elementary to middle school.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I enjoyed reading it! The illustrator was new so I couldn’t get used to the new drawings but otherwise it was a good book!! The new girl, Ashley is just as artsy as Claudia! Perfect match am I right?😉😏 Anyways they become good friends and show each other their art work! They both have the same talent and take the same art classes, in the art class they are working on sculpture, Ashley gives Claudia lots of tips and tricks until.... Claudia starts missing BSC meetings because she was hanging out I enjoyed reading it! The illustrator was new so I couldn’t get used to the new drawings but otherwise it was a good book!! The new girl, Ashley is just as artsy as Claudia! Perfect match am I right?😉😏 Anyways they become good friends and show each other their art work! They both have the same talent and take the same art classes, in the art class they are working on sculpture, Ashley gives Claudia lots of tips and tricks until.... Claudia starts missing BSC meetings because she was hanging out with Ashley that afternoon or had art classes. Eventually Ashley starts pushing Claudias buttons and the whole BSC team is furious with her! Ashley says to Claudia she has to give up babysitting and the BSC to pursue her art dream. What will Claudia do?

  27. 5 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.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This was another good graphic adaptation of the Babysitters Club. I love the new artist, Gabriela Epstein. Her art was bold and colorful and did a great job of telling the story. I hope she illustrates the next few books as well. The story was good - typical Babysitters Club. I thought Ashley was annoying and pushy, but then that was the point, right? It took Claudia longer to realize this, but it was nice that they came to an understanding by the end. I thought it was funny when the other member This was another good graphic adaptation of the Babysitters Club. I love the new artist, Gabriela Epstein. Her art was bold and colorful and did a great job of telling the story. I hope she illustrates the next few books as well. The story was good - typical Babysitters Club. I thought Ashley was annoying and pushy, but then that was the point, right? It took Claudia longer to realize this, but it was nice that they came to an understanding by the end. I thought it was funny when the other members of the BSC ate all her snacks because she didn't show up for the meeting! I enjoy this series and will continue to read them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leon

    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.

  30. 5 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.

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