Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia! Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters' Island Adventure California Diaries: Ducky #3
Flashback Summer continues! While Renata is off in the wilderness, settling into her Sadness Cave, Kait, our editor Becca, and our guest Jennifer said hello to their friends–the Baby-sitters Club! Kait, Becca, and Jen revisited the BSC franchise as a whole with Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia!, Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters’ Island Adventure, and California Diaries: Ducky #3, thinking fondly back on the time when you could call one number and reach seven reliable baby-sitters, people just abandoned their children to The World’s Most Mature Thirteen Year Olds on the regular, and that theme song was constantly stuck in your head. Put on your oversized blue and pink tie dyed t-shirt, blue cowboy boots, pink and black checked leggings, side-ponytail, and one earring shaped like a musical note and one earring shaped like a guitar and join us for another stroll down memory lane in our Flashback Summer!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: The Baby-sitters Club television theme song

The Baby-sitters Club Mystery Game commercial

A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books

List of Baby-sitters Club books by ghostwriter

California Diaries on Wikipedia (including ghostwriters)

Peter Lerangis on Ghostwriting the Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Future of YA Lit

Quantum Leap theme song

Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Candy pairing:  Kait says candy necklaces, Becca says Now and Laters, Jennifer says Fruit-by-theFoot.

Coming up next: Goosebumps and Fear Street by RL Stine.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 52 – Animorphs #1

Animorphs #1 by K. A. Applegate

Kait, Renata, and their guest Priscilla (@Priscellie) read Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate. As the first entry in our Flashback Summer, we revisited our favorite teens who can turn into animals, and also the one teen who is a bird. Renata and Priscilla reminisced fondly about reading the series as youths, while Kait found the entire premise of human children turning into animals to fight aliens to be questionable, for some reason. What better way to spend the 4th of July than by turning into a bald eagle and celebrating your independence from our Yeerk oppressors? (N/B.: if you are not from the USA, you may turn into a different bird of your choice.)

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: The Toast: The Animorphs

Scientific Questions About Animorphs

Scholastic To Give Animorphs New Life

K. A. Applegate’s Reddit AMA

Animorphs on TV Tropes

The Time Renata Met Katherine Applegate

Candy pairing:  Kait says Raven’s Revenge, Priscilla says gluten-free churros, Renata says Cinnabon.

Coming up next: Baby-Sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia! by Ann M. Martin.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 52 – Animorphs #1

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Episode 51 – Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Kait, Renata, and their guests Malia and Meagan read Lone Wolf by the mistress of twist endings, Jodi Picoult! This episode starts with the revelation that “Picoult” is pronounced like “pekoe” and only gets more shocking from there. Actually, a lot of the twists aren’t really that surprising, but we are still reeling from the revelation that the man who left his family to live with a pack of wolves for 2 years cheated on his wife with a human woman, rather than a wolf like we thought.  If you have internet access in your wolf den, listen to this episode now! (If not: learn how to decode the wolves’ complex language of howls if you want to survive.)

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Jodi Picoult name pronunciation

The Moth: Man and Beast by Alan Rabinowitz

Snopes: Le-a

Snopes: Polished Off

Candy pairing:  Kait says scavenged trail mix, Malia says Pop Rocks and soda, Meagan says assorted chocolates with mystery filling, Renata says movie theater popcorn.

Coming up next: Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate.

 

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Episode 50 – X-Men 3: The Last Stand

X-Men 3: The Last Stand by Chris Claremont

It’s our 50th episode! We celebrated with our favorite thing: talking about X-Men with Caroline from Fantastic Fangirls and Panels. Unfortunately, this means we had to read the novelization of our least favorite X-Men movie: X-Men: The Last Stand by Chris Claremont. It’s a movie whose convoluted plot was not aided by having been novelized in the style of a very long 80s comic speech bubble. Hey–is Cyclops in this? Oh well, thanks for joining us for 50 episodes, bubs!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Rogue Gets In Trouble by Kate Beaton

Jesse Hamm’s “Tetched” Rogue series

X-Men: The Last Stand Rifftrax

Candy pairing:  Caroline says Beemans gum, Kait says your favorite candy after a recipe change, Renata says a marshmallow roasted by the flames of the Phoenix force.

Coming up next: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 50 – X-Men 3: The Last Stand

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Episode 49 – X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song

X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song by Scott Lobdell et al

Kait, Renata, and their guest Megan (of Academic Inquiry Into Popular Culture) read X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song by Scott Lobdell, Peter David & Fabian Nicieza, with art by Brandon Peterson, Jae Lee, Andy Kubert, & Greg Capullo. It’s an X-citing Peak 90s comics crossover event, featuring an overload of X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force, and X-tra tight Spandex. Come for the incomprehensible Apocolypse-tic time travel space clone adventures, stay because Renata’s Gambit voice has awakened something inside of you, cherie.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes:  X-Cutioner’s Song story arc

Setting Up Your First Pull List


Dramatic Reading Panels: (click to embiggen)

X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 1aX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 1bX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 1c


X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 2aX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 2bX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 2cX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 2d


X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 3aX-Men: X-Cutioner's Song 3b

Candy pairing:  Kait says Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza, Megan says Fruit by the Foot, Renata says French Toast Crunch.

Coming up next: X-Men 3: The Last Stand movie novelization by Chris Claremont.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 49 – X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song

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