~ Special Editions ~
Book 50 (Dawn's Big Date) was the first
'special edition', which had the 'Babysitters' bubble-writing in shiny gold and
the 50 number (in the same shiny gold) in the picture as a card on dawn's table
(the coverart featured Dawn looking into a mirror). This book also
included a free tear-out BSC bookmark of Dawn which included various
miscellaneous facts about her (birthday, age, dis/likes etc). The first
editions of the following books in the fifties had similar bookmarks for each
member. The later editions didn't include these (which is why I don't have
the Jessi bookmark, sob - I intended to nick it from the library's copy, but
someone had already got to it by the time I got the book out again...).
Book 60 coincided with the release of The
Babysitters Remember (Special 11). It included a pull-out postcard of the
Babysitters Remember cover with a message from Ann M. Martin
on the back. I appear to have lost both of mine so I can't copy it
exactly, but it said something about how she was so happy that the 60th book was being
published in the UK and Mary Anne was one of her favourite characters. I'm
not exactly sure, but I think it also had some feel-good message about how Mary
Anne didn't change the person who she was despite her makeover, and remained
true to herself (bleh). The Babysitters Remember had a pink spine
with green writing as opposed to the yellow with navy blue writing ones of the
other Specials, which was all very nice and well, but it looked somewhat out of
place next to
the other Specials on my shelf...
Book 75 (Jessi and the Horrible Prank) looked like Dawn's Big Date, except that it had silver 'Babysitters' bubble writing, the 'Special edition/see inside' was in a red circle in the corner (which fitted in nicely with the red secondary colour scheme of the book) and the '75' wasn't in silver writing. in the middle of the book there was a sheet of 6 stickers titled 'The BSC's still going strong! To help us celebrate, let everyone know you're a fan by wearing these special BSC stickers!' I put my stickers on a folder that I've since thrown out, but I remember there was a rectangular blue and yellow one which said 'Need a Babysitter?', a red heart-shaped one which said 'Friends Forever', a green circular one that said 'Don't panic! Phone the BSC!' and another yellow circular one that said 'Need a babysitter? Save time - phone the BSC!' (I think, anyway). The other ones were blue and red circles and I've forgotten what they had on them. I like to imagine that they said "Stacey's my bitch" or something, but no...
Book 100 has the Babysitters Club writing in silver and a star-shape thingummybob around the number 100 is in silver too.