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Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby is the 97th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

Claudia's baby cousin is finally here! She's definitely the cutest, sweetest baby ever born. And Claud can't do enough for her. She's spending every spare second at her Aunt Peaches and Uncle Russ's house — bringing gifts, changing the baby, helping with the cooking and the shopping, and, of course, offering Peaches plenty of BSC-tested baby care tips. There is just one problem. After two weeks of Claudia's help, Peaches is acting as if she is mad at Claudia. What could possibly be bothering her?

Main Plot[]

Claudia's aunt has a baby (a girl named Lynn), and she and Russ choose Claudia to be Lynn's godmother. But Claudia drives Peaches crazy by offering too much babysitting advice.

Subplot[]

The Arnold twins get scared watching horror movies and sleep in the same room together with the lights on. During a sitting job with Mary Anne they watch a "making of" video and instead of getting scared they're excited and try to make their own movie.

Claudia, Abby, and Stacey go on a class trip to Philadelphia.

Characters[]

Claudia's Family

Extended Family

BSC Members

Kids

Teenagers

Adults

  • Mr. and Mrs. Arnold
  • Ms. Bernhardt
  • Mrs. Karp
  • Mrs. Vandela (mentioned)
  • Dr. Zuckerman (mentioned)

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • Highlights, Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics, American Medical Journal (magazines)
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Rocky, Home Alone, Mary Poppins (movies)
  • Spielberg
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Saddle Club, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, There's a Nightmare in my Closet, The Catcher in the Rye (books)
  • 1776 (musical)
  • Warner Brothers
  • Disney
  • Metro-Goldwyn

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

  • Mary Anne teaching Claudia how to knit and the blanket they made together in Claudia and Crazy Peaches is brought back up and Claudia gives the blanket to Peaches.
  • Claudia and Stacey over pack which often happens when they go on trips.
  • The nursery furniture depicted on the cover is the same set Claudia and Peaches picked out during Peaches' first pregnancy in Claudia and Crazy Peaches.

Inconsistencies

  • In Abby and the Best Kid Ever Abby says that she is in the same history class as Claudia and Stacey, but in this book Claudia is in a different class than Abby and Stacey.
  • Claudia is talking about her parents/Janine liking classical music like Bach...WHOEVER THAT IS. However, in Keep Out, Claudia! Claudia says that she enjoys listening to Bach.
  • Marilyn is described as the twin with shorter hair. In every other book, it's Carolyn.
  • Descriptions of this book at the back of other BSC books say "Claudia can't get enough of her adorable new niece". Lynn is Claudia's cousin, not her niece.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

Dear Reader,

In Claudia and the World’s Cutest Baby, Claudia is very excited when Peaches and Russ give their baby Claudia’s middle name, Lynn. When my parents were expecting me, they picked out two names: John Lawrence and Ann Elizabeth. In the end, I was named Ann Matthews (Matthews is my mother’s maiden name). Like Peaches and Russ, my parents were very proud of me. My mother wrote down everything I did in my baby book. For example, my first word was “ba,” for bird. Interestingly enough, one of my next words, “ackaminnie,” meant ice cream. I’m sure I wasn’t the world’s cutest baby, but my parents certainly thought I was.

Trivia[]

  • Lynn was almost named Agnes.
  • This is the first appearance of Lily Karp.
  • The working title for this book was Claudia and the Wonder Baby [1].
  • Claudia would burn her own sonogram if she ever found it.
  • When discussing what Peaches would name the baby, Janine liked the named Ariana, Rioko thought of Hideyoshi, and Claudia thought of Mimi.
  • Claudia thinks that she inherited Peaches’ genes.
  • Rioko and John eat pure nuggets cereal.
  • Claudia calls Kristy sweet and a ham.
  • Rioko visited Lynn and Peaches on her lunch break.
  • Claudia buys a Swiss army knife using Kristy's advice.
  • In chapter 4, Claudia asks a receptionist at the hospital where her aunt is, and she uses the name “Peaches.” Unless Claudia’s aunt legally changed her name, she would’ve been admitted to the hospital under her birth name (Miyoshi Benedict).

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
Super Specials
#1 Baby-sitters on Board! | #2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation | #3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation | #4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure | #5 California Girls! | #6 New York, New York! | #7 Snowbound | #8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake | #9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club #10 Sea City, Here We Come! | #11 The Baby-sitters Remember | #12 Here Come the Bridesmaids! | #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters! | #14 BSC in the USA | #15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
Portrait Collection
Stacey's Book | Claudia's Book | Dawn's Book | Mary Anne's Book | Kristy's Book | Abby's Book
Other
The Baby-Sitters Club Notebook (1987) | The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book (1991) | Trivia & Puzzle Fun Book (1992) | Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Chain Letter (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa (1994) | Audio Books on Cassette Tape (1994-5) | BSC Movie Novelization (1995) | The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club (1996) | Autograph Book (1998) | BSC Graphic Novels (2006-present) | We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers (2021) | Welcome to Stoneybrook: A Guided Journal (2021) | The Official Coloring Book (2023)
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