Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter (The Baby-Sitters Club, #22)by Published 01 Oct 1989
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The Mancusis don't have any kids...but they sure have a lot of pets! So when they're desperate for a sitter, whom do they call? The Baby-sitters Club!
Kristy's insulted. BSC members don't pet-sit. But Jessi's always liked animals, and she talks Kristy into letting her have the job.
With snakes on the loose and sick hamsters, Jessi has plenty of pet-sitting troubles. And the Baby-sitters aren't making life any easier for her when they get into a big fight.
Will Jessi be able to handle her pet-sitting job when things are going wrong with the baby-sitters, too?
Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter (The Baby-Sitters Club, #22) Reviews
I don't know what it is about the girls fighting amongst themselves, but that always makes for a great read. (That, and it's refreshing to not have to read about the wunderkinds of Stoneybook. I want to be the Mancusis when I grow up - a house, a million pets, and a vacation? Living the dream.)
Posted originally on my blog:
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I have to admit that this is one of the books I didn’t necessarily recall right away. I know I read it as a child, because I had the first 70-ish books growing up. But it wasn’t until I dived in that things really started coming back to me.
One of the things I enjoy about Jessi’s stories is that she actually has more variety in her stories than most of the other girls in the club. Sure, she’s the ballerina, but a lot of her books don’t even feature ballet as a side story. As a pet lover, I’m sure I probably enjoyed this story as a child. Though we didn’t have nearly as many pets (at one time) when I was growing up, we did have a lot of cats and dogs over the years. As I was reading everything, I remembered everything about Jessi’s pet-sitting job, including what was wrong with the little fat hamster in the corner.
However, I did not remember this book featuring the big fight between all of the older members. I did recall the fight and knew how the near elections would turn out, but I didn’t remember which book it was in. Though I liked seeing the girls have a real problem among themselves and several people call out Kristy for her behavior (FINALLY!), it just didn’t work as well because Dawn truly wasn’t the best choice for Treasurer. I actually wish as much effort had been put into Jessi’s fairly uneventful pet-sitting job. There were one or two fairly realistic issues, but honestly expected one real emergency. Then again, I suppose the hamster was meant to fit that bill and probably did for my younger self.
Regardless, this was an enjoyable trip down memory lane for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find more of these moments as I continue re-reading the series.
Such a sweet book. When a phone call comes in asking for a pet sitter the girls don’t know what to do. Should they take it even though they usually only watch kids? In the end Jessi volunteers for the week long job. With no pets of her own she loves taking care of all the animals but what happens when she notices one of the hamsters starting to act strange? Hopefully she can figure out what’s wrong! And to top it off the girls in the club are arguing and wanting to take a vote on who should be president , secretary , etc. Will things change if new people are elected to take someone else’s spot? You will just have to read to figure out.
this is the first time I've read this book!
I totally expected to hate this one. it seemed like it was gonna be another book for which the titular plot is the only plot and nothing interesting happens. but the sub-plot was actually really interesting and executed well. in the main plot, jessi cares for a household of pets (dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, turtles, and a snake) for a week. one of the hamsters seems sick (is lethargic and keeps getting fatter, and for some reason it doesn't occur to jessi that this means the hamster is pregnant) but that ends up working out fine (babies borned, to be given away as pets for folks who need 'em). in the secondary plotline, the bsc members get in a huge fight because kristy is being a turd. all the senior members say they do too much work in their offices, and they want to have an election to get different positions in the club. that plotline also ends up working out fine (club members all vote to stay in the same offices).
-mainly I liked the fight. I thought it was really believable and justified. it does suck how kristy continues to be the boss even though on a week-to-week basis, mary anne does the majority of the work. and it's kind of incredible that though the girls always read the notebook every week and are always caught up, kristy decides that she needs to make a checklist that they are required to sign to verify that they have read the notebook. WHAT A JERK.
-relatedly, I love the part where jackie rodowsky tells kristy she is a bossy baby-sitter. he says it in a very good-natured way ("I like you, but you're an awful bossy baby-sitter") so as to not just start a fight with kristy, but instead cause her to reflect on it.
-though I thought it was pretty predictable that all the club members were going to vote to keep everyone in the same positions, I still thought it was cute that after all that drama they all voted unanimously for themselves/each other to stay in those offices.
-in the chapter where mary anne is a complete moron and lets the snake out (opens the cage in spite of being terrified of snakes, leaves to room to investigate the birds, and then comes back to discover he's gone), myriah perkins saves the day. she notes that in school they learned that snakes are cold-blooded, and maybe the snake went outside to warm up in the sun? and sure enough, he did. I love that myriah and gabbie are not scared of the snake because they aren't idiots like mary anne and jessi. STOP BEING SCARED OF SNAKES, EVERYONE. THANK YOU.
-really, the siamese cat is named ling-ling?
-lucy newton is eight months old? HUH? she was born in The Truth About Stacey which presumably took place in the fall/winter of 7th grade (for the main girls). they have been aging normally (and a lot of the other kids the club members sit for have been aging normally), and it is now spring of 8th grade for the main girls. this means that lucy should be at least a year and a half old. we aren't starting the nobody ever ages thing yet, and we won't until they enter 8th grade again (I'm not sure in which book that happens -- I guess we'll find out soon!)
-claudia complains about her club responsibilities, namely having to take club calls outside meeting hours. how does she propose someone else take over that job? does she want kristy to trade bedrooms with her? I mean, that sucks that clients do that so much, but really all you have to do is say, "mrs. barrett, I need you to call back during meeting hours at which point we can try to set you up with a baby-sitter." if she refuses, then she is the one who loses out.
one claudia outfit:
-"-Claudia was wearing another of her great outfits. This one consisted of an oversized, short-sleeved cotton shirt with gigantic leaves printed all over it, green leggings--the same green as the leaves on her shirt--bright yellow push-down socks, her purple high-tops, and in her hair a headband with a gigantic purple bow attached to one side."
-pulls two buttons off his shirt trying to button it
-drops a big bag of dog food on the stairs and it all spills out
-drops his pencil in a heating grate
snacks in claudia's room:
-potato chips under her bed
-licorice sticks in a drawer of her jewelry box
-m&ms in the pencil case in her notebook
-doritos behind the pillows on her bed
-popcorn behind the pillows on her bed
-potato chips in a box labeled CALAGE SUPPLIES under her bed