Claudia and Mean Janine (GN#4)

Original Publication Date: 2008

Ghostwriter? No, the text copyright is for Ann M. Martin.

Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier


Like the others, this graphic novel version of Claudia and Mean Janine is faithful to the original book. The second Claudia-narrated book was chosen instead of Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls because it was a story that included more about Claudia's family and would also translate better to a visual medium.

Established or continued in this book:

The Girls (and Logan):

Claudia candy: M&Ms, cookies, low-carb pretzels for Stacey and Dawn, candy bars, Gummi bears, taffy, lollipops, chips, gum

No name-brand candies were harmed in the drawing of this book:

Their Families:

Claudia shows her family the portrait she painted:

Kristy, Dawn, and Jeff:

The Club (and clients):

Claudia's handwriting (and spelling):

Dawn's handwriting:

Claudia with the Newton kids:

Summer playgroup:

At the end of the book, Claudia says she'll have to cut back on baby-sitting a little. The new school is starting and she wants to be able to focus at least some on her studies. Kristy suggests they invite Mallory Pike to join, who helped then with the summer playgroup.


Some SMS teachers:

PSA Time:

Baby powder, especially the kind with talc, isn't recommended for babies anymore.


Martin dedicates this book to her "Aunt Adele and Uncle Paul," and Telgemeier gives "thanks to everyone who helped make this project a reality! Dave Roman, Marion Vitus, John Green, Ashley Button, Janna Morishima, David Saylor, David Levithan, Cassandra Pelham, Eliie Berger, Sheila Keenan, Kristina Albertson, Phil Falco, Vera Brosgol, Dr. Laurie Kane, the Green family: Bill, Martha, and MarMar, and most especially, Ann M. Martin."

The storm that opens Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls opens this book. Some other elements of that book are in here, too. For example, Kristy's mom and Watson aren't married yet.


Lorrs said...

I like this one, and I see why they would pick it over Phantom Phone Calls. It's a pity Dawn didn't at least one book.

SJSiff said...

I agree. I wish that at least one Super Special had been made, too!

Cassiopeia said...

I loved this one. I'm also really glad that they didn't pick Phantom Phone Calls. I always hated that book.

I read mine from the library in black and white, so I didn't realize that Mr Kishi was supposed to be so grey! haha

I also love that in the picture, the M&Ms equivalent is AMMs, which of course are Ann M Martin's initials!

Apparently they're planning on doing a few more novels in the series, but I don't think they're using Reina as the illustrator. They said that they're going to do another 4, and I think they said that Dawn and the Impossible Three was definitely going to be one of them.

SJSiff said...

I actually really like Phantom Phone Calls, but I understand why they picked this book instead--more stuff to translate to pictures, more about Claudia's family, etc.

And yes, the AMMs candy was a nice touch. :)

Ooh, I didn't know that about more graphic novels! Exciting!