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When a local business, Davis Diapers, offers to sponsor the Krushers, Kristy accepts. She figures the new uniforms will give her team a big boost. But instead of being psyched, the Krushers fall apart: Mr. Davis bosses them around, and their new uniforms say DIAPERS--in huge, red letters. And that's not Kristy's only problem. With Dawn in California for good, the BSC is When a local business, Davis Diapers, offers to sponsor the Krushers, Kristy accepts. She figures the new uniforms will give her team a big boost. But instead of being psyched, the Krushers fall apart: Mr. Davis bosses them around, and their new uniforms say DIAPERS--in huge, red letters. And that's not Kristy's only problem. With Dawn in California for good, the BSC is way overbooked. But the new girl on Kristy's block likes baseball and kids. Maybe she can help. . .


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When a local business, Davis Diapers, offers to sponsor the Krushers, Kristy accepts. She figures the new uniforms will give her team a big boost. But instead of being psyched, the Krushers fall apart: Mr. Davis bosses them around, and their new uniforms say DIAPERS--in huge, red letters. And that's not Kristy's only problem. With Dawn in California for good, the BSC is When a local business, Davis Diapers, offers to sponsor the Krushers, Kristy accepts. She figures the new uniforms will give her team a big boost. But instead of being psyched, the Krushers fall apart: Mr. Davis bosses them around, and their new uniforms say DIAPERS--in huge, red letters. And that's not Kristy's only problem. With Dawn in California for good, the BSC is way overbooked. But the new girl on Kristy's block likes baseball and kids. Maybe she can help. . .

30 review for Kristy and the Dirty Diapers

  1. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Not one of the best BSC books... the plot with the diapers honestly sounds like something in a crappy comedy movie. At least we get introduced to a new character/future BSC member.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shira

    in this first introduction of a honest-to-goodness NEW BSC MEMBER since Hello, Mallory by ghostwriter Peter Lerangis, a new family is moving into a house in kristys neighborhood. kristy is excited to discover the family has twin 13-year-old girls but is less excited to discover that abby, one of them, has an actual funny sense of humor (which doesnt mesh well with kristys boring waspy connecticut sensibilities -- they probably think the what if the hokey pokey really IS what its all about bumper in this first introduction of a honest-to-goodness NEW BSC MEMBER since Hello, Mallory by ghostwriter Peter Lerangis, a new family is moving into a house in kristy’s neighborhood. kristy is excited to discover the family has twin 13-year-old girls but is less excited to discover that abby, one of them, has an actual funny sense of humor (which doesn’t mesh well with kristy’s boring waspy connecticut sensibilities -- they probably think the “what if the hokey pokey really IS what it’s all about” bumper sticker is funny). eventually, though, kristy grows to like abby and she becomes the bsc’s new alternate member (very convenient since dawn just left in Farewell, Dawn). meanwhile, kristy agrees to a sponsorship deal with davis diapers and the krushers are now called the diapers and have pictures of diapers on their uniforms. understandably the kids are upset cease to have any real team spirit, and it doesn’t help that mr. davis of davis diapers is a miserable jerk who keeps backseat coaching and yelling at the kids as his form of motivational speaking. with abby’s help, kristy gives up the cushy new gear she got from the sponsorship deal and the krushers become the krushers again. meanwhile meanwhile, mrs. porter/morbidda destiny’s granddaughter comes to live with her because her parents are going through an ugly divorce. she’s having a rough time until she starts a band called druscilla and the dynamos. SERIOUSLY THAT IS THE COOLEST BAND NAME OF ALL TIME. ROCK N ROLL. highlights: -since mary anne cries a lot, logan keeps talking about bringing a raincoat to sad movies. I know 13-year-olds don’t get that this sounds like a condom reference, but I’m just thinking of that wonderful draw something meme with the gay batman and robin, where the prompt was raincoat and batman is wearing a condom while robin is lying in bed, patiently waiting. note: I tried SO HARD to track down this draw something meme and have been completely unable to find it. if you know what I’m talking about and know where to find it, please send it my way. thank you. -when it's taking a long time for the new people to move in, kristy gets mad at them: "who did they think they were, making me run over to their house in vain all the time." god, kristy is so...kristy. I love her so much. -abby is the best. the krushers are totally demoralized because kristy made a bad decision without consulting them, so abby acts like a goofball which builds up their team spirit (since they’re finally having fun again). then abby basically tells mr. davis (the sponsor) that he is a jerk and that the reason the krushers lost is because he was being mean to them all day. abby is like kristy but with backbone and less self-absorbed. -if you read the bsc books in the mid 90s, you remember their huge contest to name the twins. they didn’t specify that the twins were going to be jewish (which is good because at that point I was going to orthodox jewish school and would’ve wanted them to be named rochel and rivka bergstein or something), so the names that I wrote to submit were cathy and sandy smith. I know this because I never sent them in and they’re still sitting in my copy of Kristy and Mr. Mom from 20+ years ago. -apparently the working names for abby and anna (while they were waiting for the contest results) were lucy and ethel ricardo (which we find out in the letter from ann in this book). classic ann m. martin to make an i love lucy reference of everything. -I just generally love abby and anna and how they are so different from these goyische connecticut kids with all their delightful jewiness (I am a jew so I can say words like goyische jewiness). lowlights/nitpicks: -abby makes a my fair lady reference and kristy doesn't get it. really? her friends are always making her watch old movies at slumber parties. -the team's name is now the diapers and their new uniforms have pictures of diapers on them. why didn't kristy verify some info before agreeing to this? it’s frustrating, but it also feels out-of-character from kristy, who over-prepares for everything. the first outfits we see abby and anna wearing: abby: baggy plaid shorts and a U4Me t-shirt anna: long khaki pants, sandals, and a short-sleeve button-down shirt another abby outfit (accidentally mismatched): "Abby entered the kitchen wearing a striped shirt and a paisley skirt." mr. davis outfit: -"I turned to face a heavyset, balding man wearing Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt that said Davis Diapers." shannon's kid kit: -coloring book -watercolor pencils -mini-frisbee -Esio Trot -Tiffky Doofky -monopoly junior jackie disaster: -sneezes while a pitch is coming at him, which jerks his body forward so the ball hits his butt snacks in claudia’s room: -mini-snickers (n.s.) -candy corn behind her hats on her closet shelf -milk duds (n.s.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    You can't use a star rating system for a Babysitter's Club book. It just doesn't work and I won't do it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    What the hell, Ann M. Martin; omg worst title ever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    Kristy changes the name of the Krushers to "The Davis Diapers" after receiving sponsorship from a local diaper service. The sponsorship is in the form of new equipment and uniforms; in exchange, Mr. Davis hopes to win the custom of Kristy's youth softball team's families and other local parents. Kristy accepts, not because she's particularly upset with the quality of the current gear, but apparently simply overcome with the pure business synergy of the deal. Nobody can see a downside; nobody Kristy changes the name of the Krushers to "The Davis Diapers" after receiving sponsorship from a local diaper service. The sponsorship is in the form of new equipment and uniforms; in exchange, Mr. Davis hopes to win the custom of Kristy's youth softball team's families and other local parents. Kristy accepts, not because she's particularly upset with the quality of the current gear, but apparently simply overcome with the pure business synergy of the deal. Nobody can see a downside; nobody anticipates, for example, that the kids might not want to wear shirts proclaiming them to be DIAPERS. Of course, the kids hate it. Some rebel, refusing to wear the uniforms or reporting that their dog or baby sister threw up on them. Kristy enforces "no uniform, no play" rule and gets everyone down, even though she herself is more upset than she anticipated when the new uniforms don't feature her name anywhere. Meanwhile, a new family moves onto Kristy's street: 13-year-old twins. Kristy immediately likes quiet, soft-spoken music lover Anna, who is just like Mary Anne, and takes a dislike to loud, goofy, sporty Abby, who is just like her. (She's even annoyed by Abby's allergies, the sort of thing Kristy's usually compassionate about.) Kristy feels like second banana when the kids start taking a shine to Abby, especially when Abby starts coaching her baseball kids behind her back. Finally, there's a sitting subplot where neighbor Mrs. Porter/Morbidda Destiny has to take care of her niece, Druscilla (this must have been coincident with "Karen and the Witch Next Door" or something). Dru has trouble adjusting because her parents are going through a divorce, but she finds her passion in music under Anna's teaching. (view spoiler)[The various plotlines come together, ish, in the resolution. Kristy reaches her breaking point with Mr. Davis. Ultimately, it's not the kids' anti-diaper stance or the loss of personal brand advertising that gets to her, but Mr. Davis's insistence on butting in as a coach and upsetting her players. Now that the team represents him, he takes it personally when they lose, and begins yelling at them for their missteps. Abby, who's begun inviting herself to the games to "help out" (also butt in and coach against Kristy's will, but her coaching is good), yells at Mr. Davis. Kristy's first instinct is to make nice, but she realizes Abby is right. She tells Mr. Davis that the deal is off and he can take his uniforms back. Luckily, he doesn't present her with a bill. From then on, Kristy is just sort of fine with Abby. I found Kristy's change of heart a little groundless until I actually wrote it out, but it's believable for her character that she would simply change her opinion about Abby without reflecting on it or feeling in any way inconsistent. The the sitters end up asking both Anna and Abby to join the BSC, but Anna declines due to her musical commitments. Abby accepts. Kristy doesn't even seem that disappointed. (hide spoiler)] This book suffers from competing A-plots, which leave neither of them much room to breathe. I usually wouldn't mind another storyline stealing the thunder of the sports storyline as I find sports stories very boring, but this is not as much of a sports book as a business ethics book, and I actually would have liked to see more BUSINESS ETHICS QUANDARIES. The Mr. Davis dilemma seems to get resolved very abruptly. I actually think the lesson is a good and interesting one: that free stuff comes with strings and you should think carefully about what you will be required to give up when you accept help/favors/money. It's also interesting from a character perspective to have Kristy struggle between the amibitious, entreprenurial side of herself that wants to push her accomplishments as far as they can go (and please the adult who's treating her like a fellow business person), and the down-to-earth, nurturing, fun side of herself that just wants to keep the games fun for the kids. Minor Quibble: I would have expected Kristy to either call a special meeting to consult with her team about the uniforms (because she is a responsible leader who implicitly respects children as individuals and also, loves Robert's Rules of Order), OR impulsively say "Yes!" to the businessman, but instead in the book it's the worst of both worlds and she takes her time to think about it and solicit opinions but also doesn't check with any of the kids. Lingering Questions: How loaded is Abby's family? Not only did they move onto a block which is mansions as far as the eye can see, but they refused to move in until the home was completely renovated, with an addition built on and an interior designer overseeing specific paint colors and drapes. After all that buildup, it's surprising when the storyline ISN'T that the family is a bunch of exacting snobs. They're normal folks who just happen to have infinite money, I guess. Even though it's a single-parent household. The twins' father died in a car crash four years ago. He must have had amazing life insurance, or else their their mom's job in publishing is SUPER lucrative. Maybe she's, like, president of HarperCollins. (Later, we'll learn that she commutes to New York City each day, raising the question: why couldn't Stacey's dad do that????!!!!!) Finally, given that the family is infinitely wealthy, isn't it weird that they go to Stoneybrook Middle School? In Kristy's Big Day it was explained that Watson and Elizabeth have to pay to send her to SMS because Watson's rich neighborhood is actually in the district of Kelsey Middle School. They choose to do this to minimize the disruption on her life and allow her to go to school with her friends, even though Watson sends Karen and Andrew to private school and could afford to do the same for her. In this book it's explained that the twins go to SMS because it has a larger orchestra for Anna to play in than any of the other local schools. REALLY. REALLY. The middle-class school district supports a better orchestra than any of the private schools or the public school supported by the rich-side-of-town property taxes?? Also, if the famed SMS orchestra is so amazing, why didn't the Stevensons simply move into that school's actual district? Sign of the Times: The book feels the need to exposit that cloth diapering services are less prevalent than they used to be, and Kristy reflects that although David Michael was mostly cloth-diapered, Emily Michelle isn't. I feel like this was behind the times for its own time, and DM would also have been plastic diapered, but whatever; you wouldn't need to explain it now since cloth diapers are back. Timing: End of August, beginning of September, for another eighth grade. Revised Timeline: Beginning of junior year of college. Even at 21 or so, Kristy seems a bit young to be coaching a junior team that's formal enough to garner a sponsorship, but it's way better than 13 for believability, especially since Mr. Davis, though he didn't formalize the deal that we saw in the book, would likely prefer to make business deals with someone over 18 and legally able to sign contracts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    another summer is ending, & another school year beginning. to wrap up softball season, kristy's krushers are playing a five-game world series against bart's bashers. despite being distracted & not giving it their all in practice, the krushers manage to scrape a one-run win in the first game. a man named mr. davis happens to be walking by & notices that the krushers played an exciting game, culminating in victory, & that a lot of young families had come out to cheer them on. he another summer is ending, & another school year beginning. to wrap up softball season, kristy's krushers are playing a five-game world series against bart's bashers. despite being distracted & not giving it their all in practice, the krushers manage to scrape a one-run win in the first game. a man named mr. davis happens to be walking by & notices that the krushers played an exciting game, culminating in victory, & that a lot of young families had come out to cheer them on. he happens to be the proprietor of a local business called davis diapers & he asks kristy if she would be interested in sponsorship. he would provide the team with professional-looking uniforms & new equipment, & in exchange, he would have a chance to advertise his diaper business to the families that come to the games. kristy talks it over with her parents & the babysitters club & no one can see a downside, so she agrees. but when the uniforms arrive, kristy is disappointed. they all say "diapers" on them & feature mr. davis's logo on the back. david michael gets an eyeful & he is horrified. he thinks it will be too embarrassing to wear a uniform shirt that says "diapers" all over it. many of the other kids feel the same way. a few good sports, like myriah perkins & matt braddock, sportingly wear the uniforms, but the other kids are really opposed. only twelve of the twenty players wear their uniforms to the next game, & they play like shit. the bashers trounce them, & make fun of the uniforms. mr. davis is there to see how the team does & he is disappointed with the way the krushers play. he keeps giving the kids coaching tips, but he has a really discouraging, gruff way of communicating that only beats the kids down even more. after the game, he tells kristy in no uncertain terms that he expects all the kids to be in full uniform for the next game. meanwhile, babysitting B-plot: a little girl in karen's class, druscilla, has recently become a child of divorce. her mom is granted custody & wants to move away to mercer. while she's looking for a job & an apartment, she leaves duscilla with her grandmother, who happens to be mrs. porter, kristy's next door neighbor (also known as morbidda destiny). it's obvious to mrs. porter that druscilla is struggling with the divorce. she asks watson & elizabeth for advice & hires the babysitters club to look after druscilla a few times. when shannon sits for dru, she manages to connect with her, & dry confesses that she thinks the divorce might have been her fault because sometimes her dad got mad at her for misbehaving. she thinks that if she'd listened to him better, her parents wouldn't have split up. shannon handles the situation well & takes dru around the neighborhood to play with other kids. also, another plotline features the stevensons moving into the house on the other side of mrs. porter. mrs. stevenson is a widow with two teenage daughters, abby & anna. kristy wonders if she could become friends with them. she likes anna right away, even though they don't have much in common. anna is pretty quiet & likes classical music. she is hoping to get a spot playing violin in the stoneybrook middle school orchestra. abby is loud & talks a lot. she also shows off a lot in terms of her athletic ability. kristy thinks abby dominates conversation, doesn't know when to shut up, & hogs the limelight. we can understand why kristy would not like this. she finds out that abby is coaching some of the krushers players behind kristy's back, including david michael. kristy spies on a coaching session & is critical because abby acts too goofy with the kids & cracks a lot of jokes when kristy thinks she should be focusing on teaching them the fundamentals. at the next krushers game, even fewer kids are wearing their diapers uniforms. mr. davis is not pleased. kristy is not pleased by the way the kids are playing. they are beaten even worse than they were in the second game. she thinks that their spirit has been extinguished. she also notices that some of abby's goofy, gimmicky coaching tips have a positive effect on the kids & that they play better after they adopt her instructions. after the game, kristy & abby give the kids a little pep talk, but mr. davis interrupts & is all, "you played like losers out there! i didn't sign up to sponsor losers! get it together!" after the kids slump away, totally defeated & beaten down, abby is all, "screw you, mr. davis! these kids were doing great before you came along! you can't talk to them that way!" he's all, "when you have a team to coach or sponsor, you can do it however you want, but in the meantime, i'm doing things my way." kristy kind of waffles for a while, afraid of offending the sponsor, before she grows a backbone & is all, "abby's right. we don't need you or your uniforms or your new equipment. you can have it all back. leave my team alone!" then she invites abby to be her assistant coach. dru's storyline is wrapped up in that she decides to form a band with some other neighborhood kids, to play at krushers games. *yawn* the babysitters club needs a new member to replace dawn, so kristy invites abby & anna to join. abby accepts, but anna says no because she wants her afternoons free to practice violin. & that's how abby joins the babysitters club. there's a weird scene where the babysitters are contemplating adding abby & anna to the club, & stacey is like, "what about abby's asthma? if she had an attack while she was babysitting, that could be really dangerous." kristy says, "if you had a diabetic reaction while you were sitting, it could be dangerous, but we let you in the club." stacey is all, "that's different. i carry honey packets in case of emergency," & kristy says, "abby has her inhaler. whatever." kind of weird that stacey would be the one feeling reluctant to admit abby over her medical issues. ps--because this is a krushers book, & a kristy book, it pretty much automatically gets one star. i gave it an extra star solely for the scene in which abby tells off mr. davis. it was awesome.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sayo

    As a kid my best friends sister had the whole BSC series on a book shelf in her room. I thought she was so grown up. And I envied this bookshelf. And would often poke my head into that room just to look at it. And when I read BSC, I felt like such a grown up. And while I might have still been a little too young to understand some of the issues dealt with in these books, I do appreciated that Ann M. Martin tackled age appropriate issues, some being deeper than others, but still important.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The plot was fun and interesting at the same time, but I was put off by two things. 1. I dont think Stoneybrook got the 90s memo about not talking to strangers (especially strange company owners) because everyone seemed totally okay with a random adult talking to children. 2. Mr. Davis at the baseball game (It was just like reading Cedar River Daydreams: Silent Tears No More. I really liked how Abby called him out.) The plot was fun and interesting at the same time, but I was put off by two things. 1. I don’t think Stoneybrook got the 90’s memo about not talking to strangers (especially strange company owners) because everyone seemed totally okay with a random adult talking to children. 2. Mr. Davis at the baseball game (It was just like reading Cedar River Daydreams: Silent Tears No More. I really liked how Abby called him out.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: https://www.livethemovies.com/bsc-blo...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    Review on www.Audible.com.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    I vaguely remember reading this one as a kid. I always found it funny Kristy hated Abby, since they were so similar. Abby is my favorite.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Wasn't a fan of this book back in the day, still not a fan of it now. It was honestly pretty boring, and it was hard to get through a kid. The most interesting part is of course our first introduction to Abby Stevenson and her family, which leads to her being brought into the BSC. I didn't mind Abby, and I did like her portrait collection book a lot. Anyway the best part of this by FAR is when she tells off Mr. Davis being a total jackass, and gives Kristy the courage to tell him to take his Wasn't a fan of this book back in the day, still not a fan of it now. It was honestly pretty boring, and it was hard to get through a kid. The most interesting part is of course our first introduction to Abby Stevenson and her family, which leads to her being brought into the BSC. I didn't mind Abby, and I did like her portrait collection book a lot. Anyway the best part of this by FAR is when she tells off Mr. Davis being a total jackass, and gives Kristy the courage to tell him to take his uniforms and shove it. +1 for Abby!

  13. 4 out of 5

    April

    Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems. I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens. The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant. Awesome books that girls will love! And the Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems. I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens. The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant. Awesome books that girls will love! And the series grows with them! Terrific Author!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Why did Kristy always get so fired up over things that didn't make much difference? I suppose this is why I wasn't terribly sympathetic when book 100 came around. If you're going to freak out over free uniforms, you need to do some soul searching to see why you're so upset.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    In which...something about the Krushers and K. Ron getting them uniforms or some junk. Also, Abby is the New Dawn, only not a hippie. I hate you, Abby. STFU. This is one of my least favorite BSC books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I'm not really into sports, so I didn't enjoy this much. And the thing about the diapers? Ick. Did not interest me at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Kawaii Slartibartfast

    Kristy's ego needs to be changed like a dirty diaper.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charla Lamberth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Gulisane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Miley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Choice

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alison

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Lehmann

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cece

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