Reread review: Baby-sitter’s on board by Ann Martin

Baby-Sitters on Board! (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special, #1)

Baby-Sitters on Board!

(The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #1) by Ann M. Martin3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,307 ratings  ·  113 reviews

Synopsis

Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Claudia and Dawn are the luckiest baby-sitters in the world. This summer they’re going on the greatest trip ever: a plane ride to Florida, a boat trip around the Bahamas, and then three days of fun – in Disney World!

Of course they have a million adventures. Claudia gets notes from a mysterious “Secret Admirer.” Kristy, Mary Anne, and Stacey, Claudia and Dawn are the luckiest baby-sitters in the world. This summer they’re going on the greatest trip ever: a plane ride to Florida, a boat trip around the Bahamas, and then three days of fun – in Disney World!

Of course they have a million adventures. Claudia gets notes from a mysterious “Secret Admirer.” Kristy, Mary Anne, and Stacey make some unusual new friends. Dawn has her first real romance. And they still have time for what they like best of all – baby-sitting.

My thoughts

I loved this book when I was younger and was excited when my library Overdrive had it. It was a fast read. However there were a few thoughts I had that I probably overlooked when I was younger.

  1. The whole Pike family gets to go on an all expense cruise? Plus Mary Anne and Stacey get to go too… what company provided this and how do I get to sign up for it? After paying for a few cruises  I can say that they are expensive. Most all expenses trips are good for a family of four at the most, not eight. But this was fiction.
  2.  The Pike triplets get to go off on their own during the first day or two on the cruise. They got in trouble and they got stuck with a baby sitter after all, but that’s a bit surprising. On the cruises I’ve been on, little kids didn’t go off on their own.  I didn’t go off on my own on my first cruise, but that was mostly because I wanted to stick with my parents and I didn’t want to go too far by myself in case if Titanic actually happened in real life.
  3. What about the mandatory drills? All cruises have them after the ship leaves.  There was no mention of that at all.
  4. Karen goes off to get a manicure and a Coke by herself when she was supposed to be getting her ear plugs. She also is convinced the ghost from the Haunted Mansion ride is with her and she lies and says its her birthday when its not…I liked her character when I was her age, but I like the other characters instead now that I’m older.
  5. Byron Pike reminds me of George Weasley… he seems to be a bit more sensitive than the other triplets.
  6. Mallory was allowed to go off on her own… I don’t remember exactly how old Mallory is in this book, but she gets to go off on the cruise by herself and she gets to wander around Disney World by herself. I think she was 11 or 12, but the parents didn’t push for her to not be alone.
  7. Claudia’s secret admirer. I probably loved this plot when I was a kid, but that plot kind of seems a bit stalkerish to me now.
  8. Dawn and Parker… that seemed more like instant love.
  9. Kristy and the old guy. Nobody seemed to question Kristy’s friendship with Mr. Staples or whatever his name was.
  10. I still loved this book especially since I’ve been on a few cruises in real life. A lot of that stuff definitely doesn’t seem to fly in today’s time!
  11. This was a three out of four star rating.

What are some of your favorite books from childhood? I’m still excited that Netflix is doing a remake of the tv show! Feel free to leave a comment below! 

13 thoughts on “Reread review: Baby-sitter’s on board by Ann Martin”

  1. I loved the Babysitter’s Club books when I was a kid, but I don’t remember anything about the books whatsoever. I think it would be cool to re-read them, and I am glad you seemed to enjoy it even though some things didn’t really make sense to you as an adult.

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  2. Wait JUST ONE SECOND. Netflix is doing a TV adaptation of The Babysitter’s Club? I’m so ready for this!! I also love loved this review. I loved reading these books when I was younger. Haha, I was laughing at all the plot holes you pointed out. I can’t remember much of any of the books now, but I can bet there are a loooot of issues in them that I would notice now. This was such a great flashback moment!!

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    1. Yesss, I don’t know when! On one library card I just have the BSC books on it…I have Babysitters remember, Logan likes Mary Ann and Dawn and the impossible three to read. I try to save those for easy weekend reads. 😉

      I wouldn’t have known the cruise ones if I hadn’t gone on a cruise before.

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