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 book #2 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
- 2 kids who were never introduced in the books appear in the playgroup, Marcus and an unknown girl, presumably Marcus’s younger sister. In the original book Buddy and Suzi Barrett attend the playgroup.
- 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.