Title: Kristy’s Big Day
Author: Ann M. Martin
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #6
Blurb: Kristy’s mom is getting married, and Kristy’s a bridesmaid. The only trouble is, fourteen little kids are coming to the wedding, and they all need a baby-sitter. Here comes the Baby-sitters Club!
Stacey, Claudia, Mary Anne, Dawn and Kristy think they can handle fourteen little kids. But that’s before they spend five days changing diapers, stopping fights, solving mix-ups, righting wrongs…and getting sick and tired of baby-sitting!
One things for sure: This is a crazy way to have a wedding. But it’s a great way to have lots of fun!
Review: This book is so stressful! A wedding to plan where the date gets moved up to only two and a half weeks away! Lots of family coming into town. FOURTEEN LITTLE KIDS TO DEAL WITH!!!
I don’t think I would have made it.
I’ve been through having to reschedule and change plans around a wedding, which is what happens here. They have a date which is several months away, but between a work related trip plus a house getting sold way faster than expected, the date gets moved up dramatically. There’s so much to do! All that needs to get done much, much sooner! Fortunately, they have a lot of family and friends to help out, including the Baby-Sitters Club!
It’s Kristy’s idea to offer the BSC as a solution to having so many kids around. The adults don’t want the kids getting in the way of all the wedding plans, so Kristy offers the BSC for the entire week. All day long. Fourteen kids spread out between five sitters. It works out so well because they are all so good with them. And organized! They split them into groups by age and assign a sitter to each group. They come up with activities both for the groups individually and separately. It’s not easy and there are always going to be ups and downs when children are involved, but still – it’s relatively painless.
Kristy spends the first part of the book sad that she is leaving the only home she has ever known. She likes her house, her room, being so close to her friends. With the chaos of all the kids around, she does forget about some of that, and likes her new, larger room at Watson’s house once she gets situated. She even comes up with a beautiful wedding present for them – a family tree showing their two families becoming one.
I like that this book shares this particular struggle. I didn’t go through this, but I had a few friends growing up who were children of divorce and saw their parent(s) get remarried. It’s always a tricky situation, and I’m glad that books like this one might help them feel a bit better about it.