I do not remember reading the original Babysitters Club by Ann Martin. I was aware of them (my sister had the series) but it was never on my reading pile. I would later read Martin and enjoy her work immensely. Therefore, I was excited to see that Raina Telgemeier had adapted the Babysitters Club into a graphic novel series.
Unfortunately, the first one I read seemed dated. It was very much still in the voice of the original printing date. It was not unpleasant, but I did wonder how the modern reader would react. Because of this I was nervous to pick up another one, but figured I should give it another shot.
And I am glad I did. This time, I felt it was modernized without losing the charm of a beloved classic. Parents who were readers of the first series could enjoy it as well as their children. It would be a good introduction to books that have a girl power and friendship theme, while also introducing the reader to graphic novels.
The text is simple. We can all see ourselves in one of the girls featured in a book. This time artistic-Claudia is highlighted. There are a few side stories as well, but Claudia and the growing pains she is going through are relatable. If you do pick this series up, start with book one and work your way up to Claudia and Mean Janine (book four). Telgemeier has created the illustrations in her signature style which just adds to the fun and appeal of the story.