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Claudia's Book is the second of six Portrait Collection books published by Scholastic from 1994-1997.

Premise[]

Back Cover Summary[]

Ugh. So this is my autobiography. All the eighth-graders at SMS have to write one. Even though I'm not good at writing, it's been cool remembering when I was little. I have lots of good memories of growing up here on Bradford Court, across the street from my friends Kristy and Mary Anne. Like my sixth birthday. First it was good, then it was bad, then it was good again. And the time I was afraid of the tooth fairy!

I probably won't get an A on this assignment. I never do. But I have to admit that this is one project that's actually been fun.

Chapter 1[]

Summary Claudia recounts who her friends and family are. She tells the reader about the assignment and is working on her homework. She calls Stacey to help with math and Stacey gives her inspiration for her autobiography.

Locations

  • Kishi House

Characters

Part I:Baby Days[]

Summary claudia starts by recalling her birth and then asking Janine about the day that she was born.

One of Claudia's earliest memories is of her, Mary Anne, and Kristy drew in the wet cement that made a path in the back of the Kishi house. Mimi catches them and calls the cement re-smoothed but she later lets them press their hands. Claudia reveals that she stops by and checks how much she's grown since then.

Locations

  • Kishi House

Characters

Part II:Happy Birthday to Me[]

Summary The kids in Claudia's kindergarten class celebrate their last day of school. Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne pass out invitations for Claudia's birthday during dismissal. The students don't come to Claudia's birthday for various reasons. A surprise party is held in Mary Anne's backyard with Kristy and Mary Anne's family.

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Part III: The Truth about the Tooth Fairy[]

Summary Claudia's develops a fear of the tooth fairy when she, Emily Bernstein, and Rick Chow theorize that the tooth fairy takes loose teeth out of kids mouths. Her teacher tells her that there's nothing to be scared of and even has a unit about animal teeth and a shark tooth is passed around class. Claudia then goes to the dentist and later an oral surgeon to get a tooth pulled. She tries to set a trap for the tooth fairy only to realize that her mom was the tooth fairy.

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Part IV: Boo for Fourth Grade[]

Summary Claudia starts fourth grade and her teacher Ms. Jameson recommends that Claudia start at the Stamford Alternative Academy. Claudia starts the school and eventually falls depressed since she missed her friends and SES.

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Part V:The Sea Rose[]

Summary Claudia goes to Hammond Beach with Kristy's family and Mary Anne for a vacation when she's eleven. They decided to stay for the weekend while Charlie and Sam have playoffs for little league. This is the first time Claudia's spent a long time away from home. She and Kristy lose David Michael and never tell anyone about what happened.

Locations

  • Hammond Beach
  • Kishi House
  • Sea Rose - Hotel

Characters

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Hershey's Hugs
  • The Wizard of Oz, Harriet the Spy, Nancy Drew


Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • On page 30 Claudia says that her hair was in pigtails in her school picture, but on the following pages illustrations her hair is in a side ponytail.

Trivia[]

  • Claudia's autobiography is the only one to dedicate her autobiography to someone and she dedicates it to Mimi.
  • Her assignment is typed on Janine's computer and Claudia considers letting her parents buy a computer for her, because she liked using it so much.
  • Claudia has a good winter coat that she only wears on special occasions so she stores snacks in the pockets.
  • Claudia and Stacey are the same height.
  • Claudia drew all over the bathroom walls and tried to convince her mom it was an art show.
  • Claudia still likes her self portrait from when she was in kindergarten.
  • Janine remembers when Claudia came home from the hospital. She recalls having alphabet soup and finding all the letters except for Y and Z.
  • The Kishi house used to have a gravel driveway that gets made into a cement one when Claudia was four.
  • Cokie Mason demanded her father stay with her on the first day of kindergarten.
  • Stacey and Claudia make plans to go to the mall that weekend in the first chapter.
  • Claudia's sixth birthday was circus themed.
  • Janine got Claudia hooked on mystery books when she gave her a beginning reader mystery book.
  • Kristy lost two teeth at the same time and showed it off at show and tell in the second grade.
  • Second grade was the last time Claudia liked going to school.
  • Claudia got stick on earrings from the dentist.
  • Claudia connected that her parents were also the Easter bunny and Santa after catching her mother leave a dollar for her tooth.
  • Claudia is never tested for learning disabilities despite the tests being mentioned on page 90.
  • By the fourth grade Claudia was making her own jewelry and sewing buttons on her shirts.
  • Claudia never liked Mr. Thomas as mentioned in chapter 12.
  • Mary Anne didn't go to the beach with Claudia and Kristy because she and Richard were visiting family.
  • This is the first time David Michael goes to the Atlantic Ocean but he has been to the beach of the Long Island Sound.

Gallery[]

Baby-Sitters Club Books
The Summer Before | #1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls | #3 The Truth About Stacey | #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Claudia and Mean Janine | #8 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #9 The Ghost at Dawn's House | #10 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #11 Kristy and the Snobs | #12 Claudia and the New Girl | #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #14 Hello, Mallory | #15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn | #16 Jessi's Secret Language | #17 Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery | #18 Stacey's Mistake | #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins | #22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter | #23 Dawn on the Coast | #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise | #25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger | #26 Claudia and the Sad Good-bye | #27 Jessi and the Superbrat | #28 Welcome Back, Stacey! | #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary | #30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance | #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister | #32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan | #33 Claudia and the Great Search | #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys | #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook | #36 Jessi's Baby-Sitter | #37 Dawn and the Older Boy | #38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer | #39 Poor Mallory! | #40 Claudia and the Middle School Mystery | #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan | #42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom | #43 Stacey's Emergency | #44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover | #45 Kristy and the Baby Parade | #46 Mary Anne Misses Logan | #47 Mallory on Strike | #48 Jessi's Wish | #49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street | #50 Dawn's Big Date | #51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend | #52 Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies | #53 Kristy for President | #54 Mallory and the Dream Horse | #55 Jessi's Gold Medal | #56 Keep Out, Claudia! | #57 Dawn Saves the Planet | #58 Stacey's Choice | #59 Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym) | #60 Mary Anne's Makeover | #61 Jessi and the Awful Secret | #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever | #63 Claudia's Freind Friend | #64 Dawn's Family Feud | #65 Stacey's Big Crush | #66 Maid Mary Anne | #67 Dawn's Big Move | #68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter | #69 Get Well Soon, Mallory! | #70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders | #71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy | #72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club | #73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss | #74 Kristy and the Copycat | #75 Jessi's Horrible Prank | #76 Stacey's Lie | #77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever | #78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches | #79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules | #80 Mallory Pike, No. 1 Fan | #81 Kristy and Mr. Mom | #82 Jessi and the Troublemaker | #83 Stacey vs. the BSC | #84 Dawn and the School Spirit War | #85 Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! | #86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC | #87 Stacey and the Bad Girls | #88 Farewell, Dawn | #89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers | #90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby! | #91 Claudia and the First Thanksgiving | #92 Mallory's Christmas Wish | #93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden | #94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter | #95 Kristy + Bart = ? | #96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen | #97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby | #98 Dawn and Too Many Sitters | #99 Stacey's Broken Heart | #100 Kristy's Worst Idea | #101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout | #102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess | #103 Happy Holidays, Jessi | #104 Abby's Twin | #105 Stacey the Math Whiz | #106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade | #107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! | #108 Don't Give Up, Mallory! | #109 Mary Anne to the Rescue | #110 Abby the Bad Sport | #111 Stacey's Secret Friend | #112 Kristy and the Sister War | #113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind | #114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier | #115 Jessi's Big Break | #116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever | #117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth | #118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer | #119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend | #120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight | #121 Abby in Wonderland | #122 Kristy in Charge | #123 Claudia's Big Party | #124 Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? | #125 Mary Anne in the Middle | #126 The All-New Mallory Pike | #127 Abby's Un-Valentine | #128 Claudia and the Little Liar | #129 Kristy at Bat | #130 Stacey's Movie | #131 The Fire at Mary Anne's House
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