Kristy & The Walking Disaster: The Baby-Sitters Club #20 by Ann M Martin
3 out of 5 stars
Kristy AND softball? Booooring. Lol...At least we get some Jackie Rodowsky (AKA The Walking Disaster) and we meet Bart Taylor, Mr McDreamy softball player. I don't really get the title of this one, Jackie is barely in it. It should have been called "Kristy and the Krushers" or "Kristy Discovers Boys" or something like that.
So the book starts out with Kristy baby-sitting her fabulous brothers and sister whom she loves dearly and they are such an awesome blended family blah blah blah. She's playing ball with them in their gigundo backyard and realizes they have a distinct lack of....talent. Okay not really, more like they're just too young and don't have enough practice and are scared the ball is going to hit them in the head. (I don't blame them.) So she has a brilliant Kristy Idea (patent pending) and decides to start up a softball team for all the kids who are too small or untalented or the wrong gender to get in Little League.
In doing so, she meets Mr Softball, who is so hot and also baseball obsessed, that Kristy immediately gets a Gigantic Crush. And somehow he challenges her Krushers to a game against his Bashers. Yes, those are the names, egotistical much? Kristy is kind of freaked, cause you know, her kids range from 2 1/2 to 8 years old. But she agrees and it's on like Donkey Kong. ;)
The Bashers come check out the competition one afternoon and being such smart little brats, divert Bart's attention so they can make fun of the Krushers and sike them out. Poor Jackie is Pig-Pen and a new kid, Jake Kuhn, is Fatso. :( The worst (and best) is when they call Matt Braddock Dummy and his sister Haley threatens them with bodily harm lol. Jerkwads.
All right, it's time for the big game. I won't go into the details of who got a run and who struck out and all that jazz, because frankly, I don't care. What I DO care about is that, again, we do not have a Claudia outfit!! Arg!! So I made my own again. :)
"What Claudia Should Have Worn" to Kristy's baseball game: Claudia had on a maroon baseball tee that she had found at the thrift store over some teal leggings with a hole in the knee from "running into home" she claimed. She had her long hair pulled into a low ponytail through a teal and black zebra printed baseball cap and she had braided the tail into about 20 smaller braids. She had these cool checkered hi-tops on along with baseball mitt & ball earrings-2 different ones-and a bracelet she had made herself from taking apart an old baseball I had given her.
And back to the game...the Krushers lose of course, but they held their own pretty well. Claire had a "Nofe-Air" tantrum...Claire's little phrases like Silly-Billy-Goo-Goo and such have always stuck in my head lol. She's so awesome.
After the game, Bart asks Kristy to walk home with him and they hold hands!! ZOMG!!! And he asks her for a rematch. So romantical. Oh wait. He asks her for a real date too. Okay then.