Mary Anne Saves the Day: the graphic novel

I’d seen the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels at my local comic shop, but they are a little on the pricey side for my tastes, as graphic novels usually are. So I’ve kind of been on the lookout for them at used bookstores, and I finally found one at the very awesome Wonder Book. Even better, it was Mary Anne Saves the Day, one of my all-time favorite BSC books.

You guys, these illustrations are so freaking adorable. The artwork is by Raina Telgemeier, and I can’t say enough about it. I’m going to do my best to take photos with my computer and show you how awesome they are. I really just want to photo every page and show you, but that probably violates some kind of copyright law. Plus, you know I’m way to lazy for that.

maryannegoesnutsoThis is the first instance of Mary Anne ever sticking up for herself. There was no reason for Stacey to be such a cunt about the fact that Mary Anne cries easily. (Says the girl who cries easily.)


Mary Anne goes to Dawn’s house for the first time. VHS tapes were updated to DVDs for the graphic novels.

TeawithmimiMary Anne has special tea with Mimi. Moments later, Mimi will make the disastrous mistake of calling her ‘my Mary Anne,’ and Claudia will go ballistic.

PikesThe Pikes! I absolutely adore this picture, despite that Mr. Pike looks like a dork.

RichardI knew Richard was a hottie hot hot.
coverThe cover. It looks like Mary Anne vs. the rest of the BSC, but really all four girls were fighting with each other.

In conclusion, I absolutely ADORED this book. I think only four or five were turned in to graphic novels, and I will definitely try to collect them all.

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13 Responses to Mary Anne Saves the Day: the graphic novel

  1. Laura says:

    Yay, BSC post!

    I’m not usually big on graphic novels but you’re right, Nikki, these are way too adorable to not get. Thanks for posting the pics as there are some here that I’d not seen from using the Look Inside feature on Amazon. And I see that Raina agrees with me that Vanessa does not wear glasses. (The non-graphic novel books mention that Nicky, Mallory and Vanessa all wear glasses but for some reason I really only picture Mallory wearing them.) The picture of Richard is very much like the picture in my head. (I never could reconcile my Richard with the one on the cover of Dawn’s Family Feud.) I also like the depictions of Sharon, Mr. and Mrs. P. (Pike) and Mr. and Mrs. P. (Prezzioso), though I’d always pictured Mrs. Prezzioso with longer hair.

    And this is non-graphic novel specific but I always thought Claudia would be angry/upset with Mimi for calling MA “my Mary Anne” but not with MA. Maybe that’s how 12-year-olds act, though?

    • nikkihb says:

      I honestly didn’t know that Vanessa was supposed to wear glasses too, I thought it was just Mallory and Nicky.

      I should have posted a pic of Jenny Prezzioso. She was way adorable with her hair in little ringlets.

      • Laura says:

        I probably have seen the Jenny pic as I remember Nick and Madeline P. and Jenny would have been in the picture with both of them.

  2. Donica says:

    I absolutely ADORED the graphic novels, and wish there had been more of them. I’d have to say out of the four my favorite was The Truth about Stacey.
    Charlotte was just so damn cute.

  3. Akilah says:

    I wound up devouring all four of the BSC graphic novels because they are so great. I love Telgemeier’s style. She gets it.

    Claudia and Mean Janine is my favorite of the four, mostly because my grandmother had just had a stroke.

  4. Brittany says:

    Wow, that’s so cute. It makes me want to get them, too! (Even though I am, uh, a decade and some change away from my BSC reading days…)

    And Richard looks exactly how I pictured him.

  5. Tafadhali says:

    Oooooh, I didn’t realize Raina Telgemeier drew these! I love both her solo-written graphic novels, especially Drama, which is the best thing I’ve read in a long time for giving me MIDDLE SCHOOL FEELINGS. (And not the awful middle school feelings that actual middle school evoked.)

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