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Dawn and the Impossible Three: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #5):… (edition 2017)
by Ann M. Martin (Author)
Dawn and the Impossible Three [The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel] by Ann M. Martin
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This book is about Dawn, one of the newest members in the Babysitters Club. It is based on the original work by Ann M. Martin. It is a great book but has a different illustrator than the previous four in the new series. If you are a fan of the original babysitters club, like me, this book is a combination of the original Dawn and the Impossible Three and Hello, Mallory. Galligan does a great job of continuing where Telgemeier left off in the new series. This book is like visiting old friends if you are Martin fan. It is okay to start with any of the books in the new series. This is the first one that I started with because I had some trouble getting a hold of the other four because they are flying of the shelves. This book follows Dawn as she is adjusting to her new life in Connecticut after moving there from California. She is trying to find her place in her new group of friends in the babysitters club. The story also follows another character named Mallory as she attempts to become a member of the babysitters club. I do not want to give anymore away but I suggest students (from 3rd grade on) to read this book! ( )
It's just not the same without Raina. This isn't bad, but the spark of the earlier volumes is gone. Partly, that may be due to the really heavy subject matter of this particular outing, as it deals with the fallout of a nasty divorce and fractures within the Baby-Sitters Club. Also, the cast seems to be growing too fast and some core members of the club get pretty much ignored this time. I'd certainly give Galligan's work another try if she sticks around for volume six, but in glancing at Wikipedia I'm worried at how long I'll stay interested as Martin's novel series seems to expand the club to quite an unmanageable size.
As the cold New England winter sets in, the Baby-sitters Club have two changes to address. The first is whether to allow their summer camp helper Mallory into the club as a full member, with all the privileges and responsibilities that entails. The second is a new family to babysit, one with three boisterous children and two parents going through a very messy divorce. This family loves Dawn the best, but she's not sure she can handle the responsibility of being the most stable part of the children's lives. Meanwhile, Dawn is still working on fitting in as the "new kid" in town.
This book is the fifth in a graphic novel series based on the middle-grade novels of the same name. Having read the originals years ago when I was a tween myself, I can no longer remember enough about them to make a point-by-point comparison, so this review will be about the graphic novel as a standalone work.
This book picks up a little bit after the previous one, moving from the summer to the winter through spring. Although I suppose you could pick up this book on its own, it certainly stands up better as part of the series. The focus has shifted now to Dawn as narrator, and we see the majority of events from her point of view. That being said, other characters still have growth and development, such as Mary Anne exhibiting increased individuality as her dad slackens on his strict rules some.
Dawn and the Impossible Three gets a little more serious with its problem. The title and cover illustration may imply its the children that are the issue but in actuality, it is their parents. Dawn maturely faces her responsibilities as well as her limits, but the same can not be said for the parents. In one horrifying episode, a child goes missing on Dawn's watch because the semi-estranged father picks him up and drives away without informing anyone. Usually, the books in this series manage to tackle heavy issue with a light touch, but the idea of family kidnappings is rather scary and even the characters acknowledge it as such. However, the rest of the book is in line with the more light-hearted tone of the previous titles.
Starting with this title, there is a new illustrator for the series, but she manages to retain enough of the previous look for the characters to be entirely recognizable, while adding in a bit of her own style. As with the earlier titles, the illustrations help to convey a lot of emotion throughout the story.
This was a fun book to read, with very expressive illustrations. I enjoyed seeing how each character handled their various problems that they were experiencing. I appreciated the variety of topics discussed throughout the book such as; divorce, moving, new families, new friends, old friends, bullying etc. I think this series would be great in a classroom setting and many children would find characters that they could relate to.
The 5th installment of BSC introduces a new illustrator, Gale Galligan. This story features newcomer Dawn taking on an assignment that may be too much for her to handle, a trial period for new recruit Mallory, and a lot of changes for founding member Kristy that may lead to the end of the BSC.
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Baby-Sitters Club (Graphic Novel #5)
Dawn, the newest member of the Baby-sitters Club, gets more than she bargained for when her first job turns into a disaster and she has problems with Kristy.
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