It was a strange Fourth of July. The big party I usually go to was pared down, and with my underlying conditions, I didn’t even attend the smaller gathering. What should I do?
Luckily, I fall in the age-range that had something to do this Fourth of July weekend, after watching Hamilton, of course. I’m in that little slice of “Xennials” that screamed very loudly for New Kids on the Block. You know who you are! And a few years before that, we were exactly the right age when Kristy Thomas had her great idea.
That’s right. I binge watched Netflix’s new re-imagining of The Baby-Sitters’ Club, and, as a childhood fan, I found it delightful. I was “beyond” the Club when the earlier TV show had come out, but now, as an adult during a pandemic, nostalgia for a simpler time was just what I needed.
The first episode was exactly how I remembered the first book. Granted, I haven’t read it recently, but the general gist was spot-on. The show updated a few things, beyond a joke about having a landline. The baby-sitters themselves are more diverse, with Mary-Anne being biracial (though she continues to be in braids at the start, as it should be!) and transplanted Californian Dawn cast as Latina. Mary-Anne still finds her voice when she “saves the day,” calling the doctor when watching a sick child. But now, her “stand” involved demanding that the hospital staff call her transgender charge by the right pronouns.
Minor changes aside, the personalities are spot-on, and by series’ end, Mallory and Jesse are already crowned junior baby-sitters. I look forward to next season.
To add to the fun, The Baby-Sitters’ Club paired up with ALA to create a video PSA to promote summer learning at the library. You can watch here.
Soon after my binge, I learned that Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes books are being adapted for Netflix as well. While not a childhood read for me, I thoroughly enjoyed these titles and look forward to watching Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown in the lead role (and yes, Henry Cavill as Sherlock).
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