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A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! 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 was A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! 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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A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! 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 was A brand-new Baby-sitters Club graphic novel adapted by newcomer Gabriela Epstein! 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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah-Grace

    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

    Sarina

    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.

  3. 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!

  4. 4 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.

  5. 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!!!)

  6. 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.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lily

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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Irma (~Bio Updated~) Jara

    What can I say about this book? Illustrations: Well, it definitely took a while to get used to Gabriela Epstein's artwork after 8 other books. She illustrated the novel perfectly, but it was hard to get into that transition. Plot: I didn't really see a point in the book. Usually, some kind of lesson hits me hard, but basically, nothing happens. (view spoiler)[ She meets a friend. Loses all her other friends. Finds out her new friend is manipulative. Unfriends the friend. Re-friends all her other l What can I say about this book? Illustrations: Well, it definitely took a while to get used to Gabriela Epstein's artwork after 8 other books. She illustrated the novel perfectly, but it was hard to get into that transition. Plot: I didn't really see a point in the book. Usually, some kind of lesson hits me hard, but basically, nothing happens. (view spoiler)[ She meets a friend. Loses all her other friends. Finds out her new friend is manipulative. Unfriends the friend. Re-friends all her other lost friends. Then becomes friends again with all of them? Crap am I right? Pretend I didn't say that. (hide spoiler)] So as you can tell I was not a big fan of this book. I guess that's all I can really say about this book. I didn't find a meaning in this book like other unpopular books gave me. There was nothing more. Don't take my review into the reason why you shouldn't read this book though. I would be glad to see other people's opinions. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    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.

  10. 4 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.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Llyr Heller-Humphreys

    Such a great series

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda Naquin

    This was never one of my favorites from the original series, but it's still a BSC book in graphic novel format, so obviously I love it. I just never could understand how that pretentious know-it-all could convince Claud that her time was only meant for her. It always irritated me. Like, at this point, y'all have been through everything, how you gonna let this newbie weirdo try and rip apart your friendships? Especially when she isn't even that nice and talks down to you like you're stupid? But g This was never one of my favorites from the original series, but it's still a BSC book in graphic novel format, so obviously I love it. I just never could understand how that pretentious know-it-all could convince Claud that her time was only meant for her. It always irritated me. Like, at this point, y'all have been through everything, how you gonna let this newbie weirdo try and rip apart your friendships? Especially when she isn't even that nice and talks down to you like you're stupid? But getting to see her baby-sit Jackie, and getting to see BSC meetings, I still love these graphic novels so much *heart eyes*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crizzle

    A new illustrator has taken the reigns after 4 books by Raina, then 4 by Gale Galligan. It was a pretty seamless transition although I was bugged that Claudia (who is Japanese American) has brown hair instead of black. I loved how she drew Kristy and Dawn though. A great story about balancing friendship with interests and school and not letting yourself be controlled; standing up for yourself. 4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I love the bold colors they use for these versions and the clean lines. They did an excellent job of the pdf version of this book too. I just didn't connect to the story quite as much in this one. I love the bold colors they use for these versions and the clean lines. They did an excellent job of the pdf version of this book too. I just didn't connect to the story quite as much in this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Kyanda

    Awesome middle grade, the BSC will forever reign supreme in my 11-year-old heart.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Not my favorite but still a decent graphic novel in this series! I’m digging the new artist Ms. Epstein as well!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Pulgarin

    really, 2.5

  20. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I enjoyed the art in this book, but the story was just not that enjoyable. A lot of shaming going on!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    •Ella•

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

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Really good illustrations and story!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Schuler

    The are was good (new adapter this time) but the storyline was not as good as others in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This was a cute book. Although it has a different illustrator, her drawings are pretty close to Gale's. Not much was changed from the story, except the girls were less mean to Claudia and they talked things out a little more. I think the bullying that went on in the original was eliminated. Cute book! This was a cute book. Although it has a different illustrator, her drawings are pretty close to Gale's. Not much was changed from the story, except the girls were less mean to Claudia and they talked things out a little more. I think the bullying that went on in the original was eliminated. Cute book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Popsugar: a book that's published in 2021 Popsugar: a book that's published in 2021

  27. 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Murphy

    Hey fat boy it's me jeffy, i'm about to review this book. 1. Cluadia's friend Ashley is f''king high (like my daddy), makes me wanna scream in her face, "daddy you f''king high?" 2. Why are the rest of the bsc so fricking mean. plus we barely even see them the whole book. If they were a plate of green beans, i'd throw em' on the ground. 3. I like the new author. 4. i'm so happy that Dawn's not fat anymore. Welp i'm done. hey scooter what fat boy? How about you make a review of this book. okay fat boy, Hey fat boy it's me jeffy, i'm about to review this book. 1. Cluadia's friend Ashley is f''king high (like my daddy), makes me wanna scream in her face, "daddy you f''king high?" 2. Why are the rest of the bsc so fricking mean. plus we barely even see them the whole book. If they were a plate of green beans, i'd throw em' on the ground. 3. I like the new author. 4. i'm so happy that Dawn's not fat anymore. Welp i'm done. hey scooter what fat boy? How about you make a review of this book. okay fat boy, ahhhhhh this book sucks ahhhhhh, eat my poop! JEFFY WHERE'S MY COMPUTER? uh oh it's daddy JEFFY WHAT ARE DOING ON MY COMPUTER? nothin' daddy WHAT YOUR MAKING A BOOK REVIEW well i just read a book called baby sitting club and i wanted to make a review about how it sucks. THAT'S IT JEFFY YOUR GROUNDED! F''K YOU DADDY! THAT'S IT I'M GONNA R'PE YOU AND HIT YOU AND HIT YOU WITH A BELT! AHHHHH. (Mario r'pe's Jeffy and hits him with belt. Mario where's Jeffy? He had to go to his room Rosalina

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Claudia loves art just as much as she loves babysitting. Her fellow babysitters might not quite understand Claudia's passion for art, but Claudia is fine with that until she meets new classmate Ashley. Ashley participated in an exclusive art program in Chicago, and she thinks Claudia has potential. Claudia is thrilled to have someone to talk to about art, but Ashley doesn't understand why Claudia spends so much of her time babysitting instead of dedicating her time exclusively to her art project Claudia loves art just as much as she loves babysitting. Her fellow babysitters might not quite understand Claudia's passion for art, but Claudia is fine with that until she meets new classmate Ashley. Ashley participated in an exclusive art program in Chicago, and she thinks Claudia has potential. Claudia is thrilled to have someone to talk to about art, but Ashley doesn't understand why Claudia spends so much of her time babysitting instead of dedicating her time exclusively to her art projects. Suddenly Claudia is sitting with Ashley at lunch and missing BSC meetings--is Claudia's time on the BSC over? Another great addition to the oh-so-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. We are well past the chapter books I remember reading, so I can't say how closely this aligns to the original book, but I appreciate Claudia's recognition of her very busy (and sometimes too busy) schedule. This is the first book with new illustrator Gaby Epstein's art, and she does a fantastic job of blending with previous illustrators while also making these her own. Looking forward to more to come!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lexy Twidell

    These issues are all such cozy little pockets of life to climb into. I admit I never actually read the original BSC books (I was more of a Pony Pals girl 😋) but I am loving the graphic adaptations! Gabriela Epstein does a great job continuing the art from the previous illustrators, keeping the general feel the same but adding her own twist. I am always impressed by how authentically mature these girls come off. They definitely have their moments - like when the club decided to trash Claudia's roo These issues are all such cozy little pockets of life to climb into. I admit I never actually read the original BSC books (I was more of a Pony Pals girl 😋) but I am loving the graphic adaptations! Gabriela Epstein does a great job continuing the art from the previous illustrators, keeping the general feel the same but adding her own twist. I am always impressed by how authentically mature these girls come off. They definitely have their moments - like when the club decided to trash Claudia's room out of spite - but I think that just makes them more believable when they do come around to reflecting on their actions, taking responsibility, and extending forgiveness. And I love how genuine their care for their littles is! It really emanates off the pages in a way you can just feel very strongly. These girls are way better babysitters than I ever was. I kind of think of them as my retroactive idols.

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