Raina Telgemeier’s Baby-Sitters Club Returns in Color
Out this week is a reissue of The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea, this time in full color.
If you’re wondering why, a key clue is the top line of the book’s cover: “A graphic novel from the bestselling author of Smile, Raina Telgemeier”. The author of the original story, Ann M. Martin, has swapped places with her. Before, the idea was to move a beloved series of children’s novels to a new format; now, Raina is the hottest thing in comics and more material from her is welcome.
You can see the original cover in my review of the book.
I find Raina’s art dynamic and expressive enough that I didn’t miss color on the first read through, but I can see that adding color (done by Braden Lamb) would get the book to even more potential readers, particularly young ones. The color palette is well-chosen, soft colors with wide diversity of hues. You can see an example at Raina’s website.
The next book in the series, The Truth About Stacey, will be out in a new color edition in July.