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Ann Matthews Martin

Author of Kristy's Great Idea

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Works by Ann Matthews Martin

Kristy's Great Idea (1986) 2,715 copies
The Doll People (2000) 2,078 copies
A Corner of the Universe (2002) 2,011 copies
The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) 1,168 copies
The Ghost at Dawn's House (1988) 1,094 copies
Rain Reign (2014) 1,031 copies
Claudia and the New Girl (1988) 911 copies
P.S. Longer Letter Later (1998) 887 copies
Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery (1988) 769 copies
Claudia and the Bad Joke (1988) 749 copies
Belle Teal (2001) 733 copies
Claudia and the Sad Good-Bye (1989) 646 copies
Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter (1989) 637 copies
Dawn on the Coast (1989) 635 copies
Welcome Back, Stacey (1989) 603 copies
Snail Mail, No More (2000) 603 copies
Dawn's Wicked Stepsister (1990) 591 copies
Jessi and the Superbrat (1989) 575 copies
Claudia and the Great Search (1990) 533 copies
Everything for a Dog (2009) 522 copies
Here Today (2004) 516 copies
Kristy's Mystery Admirer (1990) 496 copies
Poor Mallory (1990) 490 copies
Mary Anne and Too Many Boys (1990) 479 copies
Mary Anne vs. Logan (1991) 464 copies
Mary Anne Misses Logan (1991) 459 copies
Dawn and the Older Boy (1990) 448 copies
Stacey's Emergency (1991) 448 copies
Mallory on Strike (1991) 428 copies
Dawn and the Big Sleepover (1991) 409 copies
Snowbound (1991) 409 copies
Kristy and the Baby Parade (1991) 399 copies
Jessi's Wish (1991) 392 copies
Mallory and the Ghost Cat (1992) 388 copies
Mallory and the Dream Horse (1992) 366 copies
Stacey's Ex-Best Friend (1992) 363 copies
Dawn's Big Date (1992) 343 copies
Jessi's Gold Medal (1992) 328 copies
Mary Anne and 2 Many Babies (1992) 326 copies
Kristy for President (1992) 315 copies
On Christmas Eve (2006) 292 copies
Ten Kids, No Pets (1988) — Author — 281 copies
Kristy's Worst Idea (1996) 275 copies
Logan's Story (1992) 233 copies
Missing Since Monday (Point) (1986) 229 copies
Mallory Pike, Number One Fan (1994) 198 copies
Bummer Summer (1983) 177 copies
Leo the Magnificat (1996) — Author — 174 copies
Karen's Unicorn (1997) 173 copies
Sunny (California Diaries) (1997) 155 copies
Me and Katie (The Pest) (1985) 155 copies
Better to Wish (Family Tree) (2013) 154 copies
The Doll People Set Sail (2014) 144 copies
Kristy + Bart = ? (1996) 141 copies
With You and Without You (1986) 127 copies
Jessi's Big Break (1998) 113 copies
Inside Out (1984) 95 copies
Amalia, Diary Three (2000) 77 copies
The Long Way Home (2013) 72 copies
Maggie, Diary Three (1999) 66 copies
Karen's Easter Parade (2000) 66 copies
Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (2012) — Editor — 59 copies
Slam Book (1987) 58 copies
Just a Summer Romance (1987) 56 copies
Let the Games Begin (1996) 53 copies
Karen's Figure Eight (2000) 50 copies
Jump Rope Rhymes (1949) 48 copies
Home Is the Place (2014) 48 copies
How to Look for a Lost Dog (2012) 40 copies
The Doll People's Christmas (2016) 35 copies
It's Fun To Be Five (2000) 35 copies
I Like to Be Little (1974) 35 copies
Starring Punky Brewster (1987) 6 copies
Sam's Dragon (1991) 5 copies
Un coeur gros comme ça (2015) 2 copies
Diane et le trio terrible (1990) 2 copies
Amigas Para Sempre (2002) 1 copy
Main street 1 copy
Utfryst! (1999) 1 copy
Mary Anne 1 copy
Jessi på djupt vatten (1999) 1 copy
Bara för en sommar (1989) 1 copy
Le choix de Sophie (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Secret Garden (1911) — Introduction, some editions — 34,832 copies
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881) — Foreword, some editions — 3,830 copies
Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) — Introduction, some editions — 3,298 copies
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) — Contributor — 263 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 231 copies
It's Heaven To Be Seven (2000) — Contributor — 196 copies
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) — Contributor — 70 copies


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Feeling like a bit of an ugly duckling after getting glasses and losing a bunch of baby teeth, second grader Karen Brewer thinks that getting a fashionable new haircut will make her feel like her glamorous self again. Except the hairdresser ignores Karen's request and chops off a lot of her hair so that she has a short pixie cut she doesn't like. Further, her friends and classmates also don't like Karen's new hairdo -- they laugh at her and keep her out of their plans. How can Karen respond to this?

This book is all about growing pains and those awkward feelings of changing without having any control over it. As someone who once had a hairdresser completely push aside the stated request because it came from an elementary schooler and cut off enough hair to cause tears, I can completely feel Karen's pain! Things that aren't that big of a deal for adults are absolutely a huge deal for young children. Karen tries her best to solve it all on her own, and actually does a pretty good job of settling everything just among the children. Eventually everyone comes to realize that outer beauty doesn't matter when you are still yourself on the inside.

I didn't necessarily super love the ongoing obsession with fellow second graders getting married to one another (nor the tired cliche of a young boy *obviously* having a crush on a young girl if he's rude and teases her), but overall this was an entertaining, quick read.
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sweetiegherkin | Feb 26, 2024 |
For some reason, I actually think a little bit is lost in the graphic novel, but that could just be me; I read the BSC series growing up and was super into it! The graphic novel is definitely a faithful to the original story, and is a fun read, but for me personally the charm will always be in the novels. :) Also, Telgemeier's backgrounds in here are incredibly bland? It just wasn't very enjoyable to look at as it could have been.
deborahee | 45 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
Karen is so excited to be almost 7, but she is disappointed when her parents want two totally different celebrations -- her mother wants a quiet "grown-up" dinner at home while her father wants to take Karen and her friends to the circus. What Karen *really* wants is to be able to see her *whole* family -- mother, father, stepparents, and all her siblings -- together at once. Will Karen be able to find her voice to express this? And will anyone understand if she does?

I thought this was another interesting addition to the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series. These books are perfect for younger siblings watching their older siblings love the Baby-Sitters Club books but perhaps aren't mature enough to handle the middle-school content or don't yet possess quite enough reading fluency for the longer books, more advanced vocabulary, multiple plotlines, and changing point-of-view characters. These books instead focus on one problem at a time, and always with Karen as the protagonist.

It seems like a common criticism from readers of these books, especially adult ones, is that Karen is a "brat." This book tackles this head on by showing that Karen's so-called "greedy" behaviors in this story are directly a result of the adults in her life not making sure her needs are being addressed or listening to her real concerns. She doesn't feel like she has a confidant to discuss her issues with (even Kristy is a little short tempered with Karen in this title), so she comes up with her own extremely flawed plan. With a child's magical thinking (because, after all, Karen is only just about to be 7 years old), Karen sets her mind on having her parents get married again so everything will be alright once more. This, despite loving her new extended families of stepparents and stepsiblings. Of course, everything goes awry before things start to get better.

I do appreciate how this book showed both what was going on in the exterior world with the dialogue between Karen, her family, friends, classmates, etc. and in the interior world of how Karen is feeling. This is especially important for young readers figuring out emotions and learning empathy by seeing that someone might actually be feeling something different from what they look like on the outside. One particularly effective visual was the dark shading around certain text boxes when Karen is feeling particularly upset or left out. Who cannot feel for the little girl who is the last to get picked up from a field trip because her parents forgot to actually make arrangements and just each assumed the other was doing so?

However, there were a few oddities here and there. For instance, these graphic novel adaptations have advanced in time over the adaptations of the main-line stories, so we see Emily (Karen's newest sibling) who hasn't yet been introduced in The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. There's also a weird choice in the illustrations. There's a scene where the children play pin the tail on the donkey for Karen's class birthday party and the donkey has unnecessarily defined buttocks. I don't mean to be a prude but it was just gratuitous, and this series isn't the kind to do low-brow jokes. Still, the pros overweigh the cons overall and I plan to continue on with the series.
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sweetiegherkin | Jan 26, 2024 |
A very positive story that deals with realistic but tough issues in a very approachable way.
bookwyrmm | 17 other reviews | Jan 19, 2024 |



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David Levithan Editor, Contributor
Cynthia Yuan Cheng Illustrator
Ellen T. Crenshaw Illustrator
Arley Nopra Illustrator
Peter Lerangis Ghostwriter
Brian Selznick Illustrator, Contributor
Henry R. Martin Illustrator
Pam Muñoz Ryan Contributor
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Patricia McCormick Contributor
Rachel Cohn Contributor
Meg Cabot Contributor
Patrick Jennings Contributor
Jennifer L. Holm Contributor
Margarita Engle Contributor
Wendy Orr Contributor
Matt de la Peña Contributor
Valerie Hobbs Contributor
Thacher Hurd Contributor
Mark Teague Contributor
Jon J. Muth Contributor
Barbara Park Contributor
Rosemary Wells Contributor
Paulette Bourgeois Contributor
Mary Hoffman Contributor
Arnold Lobel Contributor
Shirley Hughes Contributor
Eleanor Mill Illustrator
Alice Low Contributor
Trevor Pye Illustrator
Elle Fanning Narrator
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Lynn Redgrave Narrator
Judith Ivey Narrator
Anne Delcourt Traduction
Raquel Mancera Translator
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