Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recently found the first five of the graphic novel Baby-Sitters Club books in a local charity shop and reader, I screamed and grabbed them all and cackled my way home. I find these books intensely charming and rather brilliant things and so, this review must be considered to cover not just Kristy’s Big Idea, but also all the way up to The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #05: Dawn And The Impossible Three. I’m doing it this way because basically, if I don’t, I’ll just be writing “THESE ARE REALLY GOOD” over and over again.

I really like the way that Raina Telgemeier approaches these. Her art is so clean and rich, and here’s the thing: it’s genuine. It’s honest and it’s genuine and it never kind of tries to wry it up (can we use ‘wry’ like that? I think we can, let’s go for it) and it never goes for the cheap or easy win. Telgemeier gives you a book full of love and heart and humour and does it every time. There are moments when you laugh out loud because she knows how little people see the world and how funny and glorious that can be.

I love these books. There is a scarcity, I think, of this girl-centred graphic storytelling for readers of this age, and particularly so in the UK where things seem to skew a little older or a little younger. (I am aware I generalise here so, imo, imo, imo). What I’m trying to say is that the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels are just really beautiful things. They’re full of loveliness and clean and sharp storytelling (so clean! beautifully judged!), and I would like more of this sort of thing in the world.

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4 thoughts on “Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

  1. Not come across these but they sound great, and I don’t just get that from your squeals of delight! šŸ™‚ The cover art looks delicious, reminds me a bit of classic French comics with that clean breezy style.

    1. Oh yes for the French reference, very much so! They’re also quite similar in vibe to the Famous Five comics (french origin as well) but I’m still not over the price-point for the English editions for those!

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