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This article is about the graphic novel. For the episode, see Claudia and Mean Janine (episode). For the original novel, see Claudia and Mean Janine.

Claudia and Mean Janine is the fourth book in the BSC Graphic Novels series. It is based on the original novel Claudia and Mean Janine. While the original novel is the seventh in the series, the graphic novel is the fourth because Telgemeier chose to skip the second book in the original series. This is the first graphic novel about Claudia Kishi, and Telgemeier thought it was a better introduction to Claudia's character than Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls. Telgemeier was originally contracted to do four black and white graphic novels in the Baby-sitters Club series with others planned only if the books became successful enough to warrant more.

Back Cover Summary[]

Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-Sitters Club than her homework, feels like she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, gets straight As, and even takes college-level courses! But when something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, will the sisters be able to put aside their differences?


Claudia and her perfect sister, Janine, have a hard time getting along. But one day their beloved grandmother, Mimi, has a stroke-a serious one. Claudia soon decides to stop baby-sitting to help out Mimi, making Janine feel left out. But eventually the two sisters find out that they are more alike then first thought. They get along better, and Mimi's health improves.

Differences between the book and graphic novel[]

  • In the original novel, Mary Anne stayed with Mimi because Claudia’s parents and Janine were busy, and Claudia had told the Marshalls over a month ago that she would babysit on that specific day. In the graphic novel, the Newtons wanted Claudia’s help getting ready for Lucy’s christening; since Claudia’s parents and Janine were busy so Mary Anne stayed with Mimi.
  • Marcus and his sister attend the playgroup. In the original book, Buddy and Suzi Barrett attend the playgroup.
  • The Thomases do not move in the graphic novel.
  • Jeff and the barn were introduced in the novel.
  • Kristy has thoughts on Mallory joining the BSC.
  • Vanessa didn't attend the playgroup.
  • Nina and Eleanor didn't attend the playgroup.
  • The Davis' are only mentioned in this novel.
  • Mallory is going to 6th grade.
  • Mary Anne and Stacey didn't go to Sea City.
  • Stacey got a hair cut.
  • Mallory is only a year younger than the babysitters, so this makes sense that she will be in the sixth grade in middle school.


  • During the scene that shows what happened at the second session of the playgroup, Stacey is shown taking off with Jenny, warning her to put on her smock. But in the next still that shows the BSC discussing if they should let Jenny get dirty or not, Stacey is shown discussing with them.
  • In one shot, where the Kishi family find Janine in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, you can see that one of the benches that the family sits on two shots later is far apart from the other chairs. But when the family sits on the bench, it is attached to the other benches.
BSC Graphic Novels
#1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 The Truth About Stacey | #3 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #4 Claudia and Mean Janine | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #8 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #9 Claudia and the New Girl | #10 Kristy and the Snobs | #11 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #12 Jessi's Secret Language | #13 Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery | #14 Stacey's Mistake | #15 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #16 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #17 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins BSC Graphic Novels
Baby-sitters Little Sister Graphic Novels
#1 Karen's Witch | #2 Karen's Roller Skates | #3 Karen's Worst Day | #4 Karen's Kittycat Club | #5 Karen's School Picture | #6 Karen's Birthday | #7 Karen's Haircut | #8 Karen's Sleepover (Graphic Novel) | #9 Karen's Grandmothers | #10 Karen's Prize (Graphic Novel) | #11 Karen's Ghost | Baby-Sitters Little Sister (Graphic Novels)