Review: Karen's Kittycat Club by Ann M Martin and Katy Farina
Karen's Kittycat Club is the fourth Baby-sitters Little Sister book to get the graphic novel treatment from Scholastic. Unlike with the original series, Scholastic seems to be publishing these ones in chronological order. It tells the story of how Karen begins to feel left out, because her older sister Kristy is a president of a club that has turned itself into a successful business. Karen wants the opportunity to spend time with her friends and to make money. But what do she and her friends have in common to form a club? And what services can they provide to make money. When Karen's friend and neighbour Hannie announces that she has just adopted a kitten, Karen gets an idea. She'll start a cat club. She has a cat too, even if Boo-Boo is old, grumpy and just a little eccentric. And she can invite another friend and neighbour, Amanda who has a beautiful Persian cat that she claims is worth thousands of dollars. And since they know all about cats, they can start a cat sitting service!
Unfortunately, nothing goes to plan for Karen. First of all, Hannie and Amanda don't like each other. Second, their cats don't exactly behave at the meetings. Third, Karen's other best friend Nancy feels hurt and excluded when Karen tells her that she can't be a member of the club. (She doesn't have a cat.) And then, finally, the girls aren't getting a lot of requests for their cat sitting service ...
This was an entertaining, though ultimately unremarkable read. As always, Katy Farina gives the story a much needed contemporary update and the illustrations are beautiful. It's a great novel for kids--I can't fault it for doing everything it promises on the cover--though on a personal level this one left me with less nostalgia than the previous two books in the series. In all honesty, this is probably where I'm going to put the books down and move on to something else. (That said, I've already checked online and I've learned that the next book in the series is Karen's School Picture and it will be released in the United States on December 28 ...)