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. The Baby-sitters 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's got 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?
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
I love pets. When I was growing up, my family had, at one time or another, tropical fish, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, turtles, and many, many cats. The cats were Tigger (I named Mary Anne’s kitten after him), Kiki, Fluffy, Honey (Fluffy’s daughter), Sweetheart, Jerry, and Pumpkin. When I graduated from college, the first thing I got was a cat of my own — Spanky. After Spanky came Charlie, Mouse, and Rosie. Now I have Gussie and Woody. Gussie and Woody didn’t get along at first, but now they are best friends. Their favorite game involves leaping out at each other from inside wastebaskets. I find overturned wastebaskets all over the house.
Because I like animals so much, I thought it would be fun writing about a family with lots of pets, so I created the Mancusis. And because one of my hamsters had babies when I was young, I created Snicklefritz for Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter.
Original 1989 cover
1996 reprint cover
French cover by Philippe Munch
French cover by Émile Bravo for Kristy and the Snobs; Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter; and Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
French back cover by Émile Bravo for Kristy and the Snobs; Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter; and Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger