~ Covers ~
The UK covers are completely
different to the US ones - the UK ones have more of a theme and the cover art is
different too. It's highly likely that the UK editions had a different artist,
but I can't find the artist's name on any of the books.
On the covers of the UK editions of Chain Letter and Secret Santa there were BSC passport photo-type portraits of all the members which were also used for the Collection books and the special edition bookmarks given away with books 50-56. These portraits don't seem to have much resemblance to other art in the series, and aren't the best I've seen - Mary Anne is shown with red hair and Mallory has huge comedy glasses, brown frizzy hair and looks like a middle-aged woman (and rather suspiciously like a member of staff at my old primary school). Kristy has on a back-to-front baseball cap and her fringe is poked through the space in the back. Ugh!
The Specials from 1-10 all seem to have the same artist, but then Special 11 got what looks like a different artist, as did Special 12. Again, this can't be proven. The Special cover designs were the same as the original series, except that the books were bigger and had a yellow spine with blue writing on it.
The UK logo is very different to
the US one, which relates to the theme i mentioned earlier. The logo is a
roof shape (complete with chimney), with 'The Babysitters Club' written on the
gable end of the wall (or think of it as a cross-section of a roof, whatever),
thus each book looks like a house with a window - the BSC 'roof' logo is at the
top and the cover art is the windowpane. The title of the book is on the
top part of the window surround (I can't describe that very well...), the book
number is on the frame and the author name is on the bottom window sill.
There are brick walls on either side of the 'window' and these 'walls' continue
around the spine of the book. The back looks the same as the front, except
the blurb is in the window pane, along with the price, barcode and
Scholastic/Hippo label. Information about prices and publication dates is
But, after that long-winded
explanation above the covers were changed at book 100 (Kristy's Worst Idea),
to a plain patterned cover with 'Babysitters Club' written at the top in no
distinguishable logo fashion and a picture of the narrator. There's not even a
twinkle of my beloved house theme. Harrumph! However, on the back of book 100
it does identify the artist as Derek Brazell.
The Mystery series was slightly
different in that the roof-shape was still there, but the books didn't have the
'house' theme, the inside of the roof was solid colour and a picture was
underneath. Inside the roof shape the 'Babysitters' part of the logo was still
there but the words 'Mystery' and the number of the book were underneath in a
capital letter font that must be listed under "SCARY/SINISTER" in the Hippo art
The Little Sister series was different in that they had the roof logo, but like the mysteries it had the 'Babysitters' yellow bubble-writing, but it had 'Little Sister' underneath in yellow writing (but not like the bubble writing...). The book number was above the 'Babysitters' title. This changed at book 16 (Karen's Goldfish) in that the 'Little Sister' writing became white and was written in a slightly different font. I also think there was a new artist - from book 16 onwards Karen looks more like Lois Lowry's Anastasia. Something to note may be that at least some of the Little Sister books have the same coverart as the American ones - Karen's Witch is the same, but I'm not sure about the rest. I've seen the US cover of Karen's Kittycat Club and I think that's the same too. It may be that 'Little Sister' had the original American coverart until book 16, but I don't know for sure. The illustrations inside the Little Sister books are by Susan Tang. I don't know whether she did the pictures inside the US ones as well - do excuse my ignorance regarding the Little Sister series, it was never my favourite.
The 'Kids in Miss Colman's Class' UK covers look like a page from a notebook with the title written in messy block-capitals and a picture from the book on the front. They look vaguely like the US ones, but are still different in their own way
The California Diaries have very different covers - instead of photos the covers feature collages with assorted things related to the book- for instance, on the cover for Maggie's second diary there's a picture of a target with '40kg' in it (her target weight) and some pictures of dogs and cats (for the animals from the HCA shelter). There's also some other miscellaneous stuff like a Coke can labelled 'Live-it Cola' and other book-related stuff. I quite like them, even though their somewhat cheerful appearance contrasts with the angst-ridden content of the California Diaries series.