This is one practical joke that really backfired!
Claudia and the Bad Joke
|The Baby-Sitter's Club, # 19|
December 1988, Scholastic
There is a practical joke war going on in Stoneybrook due to a slapstick comedy festival at the Stoneybrook Public Library . Claudia gets caught up in it the worst when she sits for Betsy Sobak and breaks her leg as the result of a joke. Now the club has to convince Betsy that jokes that hurt people are not jokes at all.
Since Claudia broke her leg, she has a lot of time to sit and reflect on her life in baby-sitting. She starts to wonder if maybe she should just quit the BSC and focus on her art, like she had contemplated doing in book #12 . In the end, she realizes she would miss the kids too much and stays in the club.
Claudia's not worried when she hears her newest baby-sitting charge, Betsy Sobak, is a great practical joker. After all, how much harm can one little girl do?
Plenty. Claudia breaks her leg as a result of one of Betsy's mean jokes... and now she's talking about quitting the club. "Baby-sitting," she says, "is just too dangerous." Kristy thinks Betsy needs to be taught a lesson. She also thinks the Baby-sitters are just the ones to do it.
Watch out, Betsy Sobak! The joke war is on!
Characters watch the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.