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The Child’s First Book Review

You’ve all read my book reviews at some point. Mostly in Show Us Your Books. So you know that they’re pretty short and to the point. I typically don’t mince words. Apparently that’s a family trait because The Child is pretty concise herself. I should probably explain. She had a summer reading assignment that involved reading a book and writing about it. She didn’t want to do a poster and since The Armchair Librarians is on an extended hiatus, we decided that this year she’d contribute a post discussing one of the books she read. Fun fact: it’s a Babysitters Club book. I cannot tell you how freaking excited I am that she is enjoying the series. And not the newfangled graphic novel versions, either. The real, old school (as in, some of my copies) books. 

That said, this is her review. I’m not sure how much she adhered to the assignment guidelines but it seems okay to me. I didn’t fix any spelling or punctuation or grammar or anything (and y’all know how much that killed me) so this is legit her work. Feel free to ask her any follow up questions and when she gets home from school I’ll have her answer them.

Welcome, today we are going to be talking about a book in the series The Babysitters Club called: Mary Anne and Too Many Boys. But instead of talking about Mary Anne or Stacey  we are going to be talking about Vanessa. Vanessa is the 9 year old poet who is the sweet, kind, calm and creative one in the Pike family. She makes the story a lot more interesting because she in the story she has a crush on Chris a boy from the Ice Cream Place in Sea City the Pikes vacation spot. Why she is so important to the story is because thru out the book Mary Anne has to deal with her and Stacey’s old boyfriends,Vanessa’s crush and Babysitting 7 kids too. So this is just one of all the main 3 events. So what winds up happening is Vanessa writes a poem for him but he thinks that his crush Mallory wrote it for him. So the main important’s of Vanessa is that she is a little drama in the huge Drama fest that is this vacation.


  1. Nadine

    I used to love reading The Babysitter Club Books!!! I don’t remember this one, though I am sure I read it at some point. I read the entire series. I do love a little drama πŸ™‚ Good job on the review E!!!
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  2. Ashley The Wandering Weekenders

    She is short and sweet and to the point like you! I love that she called it a huge drama fest too! That’s so funny!

  3. Marcie

    “…the huge Drama fest that is this vacation.” DYING πŸ˜‚ I think she’ll learn soon that most of the BSC books are a drama fest. This actually made me a little nostalgic… maybe I’ll go borrow some BSC books from the library πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca Jo

    This sentence… “So the main important’s of Vanessa is that she is a little drama in the huge Drama fest that is this vacation” just made me smile.
    I can see it in my mind typed with an eye roll πŸ˜‰

  5. Brittany Pines

    How exciting!

    Also, I was JUST talking to the husband about future homework assistance…I think he felt like I was too tough when I “helped” with his college papers, can’t imagine how to scale back for a kid haha.

  6. Ali A

    nostalgia! i loved these books so much and had every single one. love that your daughter is reading them!

  7. Elizabeth

    What a great series to read! It’s been a LONG time but I don’t think I made it up to #34. Pretty sure that all books in the series include drama-fests. πŸ™‚

  8. Audrey

    ” she is a little drama in the huge Drama fest that is this vacation” – that sounds a lot like life, lol.
    This was great!! You’re obviously raising her right if she’s thinking critically about stories and writing reviews! (Even if it was an assignment, lol.)
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  9. Donna Freedman

    A chip off the old book-lovin’ block….

  10. Confuzzled Bev

    From what I remember of this book, her review is SPOT ON!

  11. Christina

    LOLOL at “she is a little drama in the huge Drama fest that is this vacation.” I love that so much. One summer I was reading a new BSC book every other day. My neighbors had the series (up to book 30 or something) so we’d just hang around the front yard, “tanning” and reading all day. Ha!

  12. kristen

    oh my gosh, this review is perfect. ‘she is a little drama in the huge drama fest’ hahaha.
    good ol babysitters club! i would review every review for every book if E wanted to write them lol

    1. kristen

      i would READ every review. not review every review. jeepers.


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