April 3, 2010

BSC #36, Jessi’s Baby-sitter: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Cecelia?

Posted in books tagged , , , , at 7:31 pm by Jenn

Nice Cosby sweater there, Jess

Summary: Jessi’s aunt Cecelia (introduced in Baby-sitters’ Island Adventure) moves in with the Ramseys after Jessi’s mom decides to go back to work. Cecelia is really unlikable, taking charge of everything and bossing Jessi and Becca around. The girls try to get revenge with some very Von Trapp-like pranks, but Cecelia gets meaner and meaner, even forbidding Jessi from attending a BSC meeting (GASP!) because she was late coming home from a sitting job.

Jessi’s working with Jackie Rodowsky on a science-fair project (a model of a volcano, because there always has to be one) and basically doing everything for him. Eventually she realizes that she took charge of the project like Cecelia has taken charge of her life. This leads her to actually talk to her parents (what a concept!) about the Cecelia situation, as they didn’t know what was really going on, and the family works things out.

Thoughts: Why do Jessi’s parents let Cecelia talk to Jessi and Becca the way she does (in front of them, no less)? My brothers would never let me criticize or order their kids around that way. Which I never would, since, you know, THEY’RE NOT MY KIDS.

Jessi thinks Cecelia moving in is “a matter of life and death.” First Mary Anne goes all drama queen, and now Jessi. These girls are weird.

Kristy takes roll (not role, ghostwriter) at meetings. I’m picturing Summer from The School of Rock. Kristy’s a factoter.

We get another mention of the triplets’ Wandering Frog People game, which, much like the noodle incident in Calvin and Hobbes, is sometimes mentioned but never explained. “That has been going on for about two years now, which is one year and 364 days longer than Mal had hoped it would last.” Hee.

The Pike kids create their own library, which I thought was awesome when I was younger. Let’s be honest, I still do.

On top of some ongoing foreshadowing of Stacey’s health going downhill in Stacey’s Emergency, we get some brief foreshadowing of Mallory’s family’s situation in Poor Mallory! Color me shocked that the ghostwriter knows how to use this technique.

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1 Comment »

  1. Sadako said,

    I thought that Jessi was uncharacteristically controlling with Jackie–that felt way more like a Kristy thing. Though Kristy was pretty bitchy with David Michael–remember when he kept coming up with ideas and she was all, “Really? is that the most elaborate thing you can think of?” And at the end, she still doesn’t think it’s all that great but she’s all, “I let him go with it b/c it’s his project.” I kind of hated Kristy in this one…


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