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Book Title: Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter|
The author of the book: Ann M. Martin
Date of issue: October 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780590470063
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i think this may the best jessi book. it's a shame that it has very little to do with jessi. i don't hate her character, i swear! her books are just mysteriously boring.
so, dawn has shipped off to spend six months living with her father in california, leaving the babysitters club short-handed. & now that school is back in session (for their tenth time through this grade), they are busier than ever. they rely on logan & shannon to take more of the extra jobs, but it's just not enough. everyone is struggling to balance their schoolwork, babysitting, & other responsibilities. & to top it off, mallory hasn't been feeling well & asks not to be scheduled for any jobs for a little while.
kristy suggests taking on another sitter on an at least temporary basis, until dawn comes back from california. jessi suggests her new friend wendy. they have been hanging out a fair amount recently (despite the fact that we have never heard of her before this book & will not hear anything more of her after this book), she likes to babysit, & she seems to be really good with kids. she helped jessi out with a chaotic job sitting for becca & squirt. kristy tells jessi to bring wendy to the next meeting.
of course, the next meeting is totally bananas. the phone is ringing off the hook, the babysitters are all shuffling their schedules around to cover each other's jobs & fit in the new calls, & they are trying to interview wendy to judge her fitness as a sitter to boot. kristy only manages to ask wendy a few basic questions, but wendy answers them well. but kristy remembers what happened the last time they let new sitters into the club without proper screening (book #3, when they were battling the babysitters agency). wendy will have to go on a supervised job with jessi before she is allowed into the club. they'll be sitting for the barretts together.
wendy is a little sluggish about getting to the job on time, which freaks jessi out, but once they are there, wendy is great with the kids. jessi reports back to kristy & wendy is voted into the club. but things immediately go foul when wendy is late to a sitting job at the pikes. all the kids are home except for mallory & mrs. pike wants two sitters present. jessi ends up calling mary anne away from an important paper to fill in for wendy. wendy shows up about twenty minutes late & is all, "what's the big deal? i knew you would be here." when she sees mary anne, she makes up an excuse about being late because she had to do something at school. after mary anne leaves, wendy admits that she had another sitting job after school & couldn't leave until the job was over. i'm not sure why she wouldn't admit that in front of mary anne, because it makes her sound a lot more responsible than having to do some vague "something" after school. though jessi points out that all the members of the babysitters club are supposed to share their jobs around. they wouldn't have any clients if they all had private jobs. wendy protests that no one else knows her client & the baby won't go to just anyone...which is think is a fair point. it seems really unrealistic that every kid in stoneybrook is okay with being babysat by a revolving door of like nine different babysitters (counting associate members--more when you start adding people like wendy & abby to the mix). when i was a kid, i was a holy terror who hated being touched or talked to by anyone, including my parents, but especially babysitters. living in stoneybrook, with its loosey-goosey child care regime, would have been my worst nightmare.
anyway, wendy is again great with the pike kids & jessi tries to put wendy's lateness to the job & her private clients out of her mind. but when wendy shows up late to the next babysitters club meeting, & kristy confronts her about being late to the pikes' (mary anne had told her), the shit hits the fan. kristy jumps down wendy's throat over breaking the rules, & wendy protests that the rules are needlessly strict. she says she resents having to drop everything to come to club meetings three times a week, & she doesn't like the idea of handing her clients over to the club. kristy says, "you knew the rules when you joined," & wendy points out that actually, she didn't. the meeting she attended was so chaotic that no one got around to explaining the rules to her. all wendy knew was that jessi liked the club, & wendy liked jessi, so she thought the club must be cool. but she doesn't think it's a good match for her, so she quits. everyone is gobsmacked.
stacey says something about how "kristy finally met her match," & kristy is like, "yeah right," & is all disgusted with wendy. even though wendy was actually not a "bad babysitter" at all. she was a great sitter--she just didn't like all the rules involved in the babysitters club, which is pretty much the first time in the series that anyone has ever really questioned all of kristy's crazy dictatorial tendencies. jessi reflects on the fact that wendy & kristy have a lot in common, but kristy is a leader while wendy is a loner. um...wendy really doesn't seem like a loner at all. she seems like a well-adjusted, friendly, bright eleven-year-old who just doesn't want to commit to an after-school activity more rigid than the marine corps. that doesn't make her a "loner". (not that there's anything wrong with being a loner. i am one myself.)
jessi wonders if she & wendy can still be friends. she calls wendy when she gets home from the meeting, & wendy expects jessi to yell at her. but instead, they agree that they still want to be friends. & then we never hear anything about wendy ever again, because rule #37 of the babysitters club by-laws states clearly, "no outside friends." careful, jessi. you're already pushing things with all your ballet classes.
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Read information about the authorAnn Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.
Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Ann has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.
Since ending the BSC series in 2000, Ann’s writing has concentrated on single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s.
After living in New York City for many years, Ann moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Willy and Woody. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children.
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