|Baby-sitters Club character|
|Claudia Lynn Kishi|
From the cover of Claudia's Book
|Full Name||Claudia Lynn Kishi|
|Birthday||July 11, 4:36 AM|
|Leaves In||Graduation Day|
|Dates|| Trevor Sandbourne|
|Traits||creative, artistic, loves junk food, terrible at school and spelling|
|Portrayed on TV by||Jeni F. Winslow|
|Portrayed in Film by||Tricia Joe|
Claudia Lynn Kishi is the Vice-President of the Baby-sitters Club.
She is creative and artistic. Her hobbies include eating junk food, reading Nancy Drew novels, and being an artist. She is well known for her quirky and eccentric fashion choices, such as wearing, an "outrageous red felt hat" and skeleton earrings. The only Asian American (2nd generation Japanese American) member in the club, she is often described as being "exotic" and having "almond shaped eyes."
She takes many different kinds of art classes during the series, ranging from pottery classes to workshops. In 101, she is the youngest person admitted to participate in a "master's class" with renown artist Serena McKay. She also studied in New York City with Mackenzie Clark in Super Special #6, New York, New York!, but the majority of her classes are at the Stoneybrook Community Center.
She is good at sailing and skiing.
Claudia claims that she is intelligent but doesn't apply herself. Because of this, she is sent back to seventh grade for part of the series.
Claudia Kishi has a close, nuclear family. Her mother is the Head Librarian at the Stoneybrook Public Library. Her father is an investment banker. She has one sister, Janine Kishi. Her grandmother Mimi Yamamoto lived with the Kishis until her death in Claudia and the Sad Goodbye. In 109, Claudia described Mimi's initial stroke in 7 as her "scariest moment".
Her family takes a ski trip every winter to Vermont.
At the beginning of the series, Claudia is described as slightly more mature than Kristy and Mary Anne because of her interest in clothes, make-up, and boys. Claudia is shown socializing with people who are not in the BSC; however, this sometimes causes strife in the club. Her friend Ashley Wyeth tries to separate her from the BSC, citing that Claudia needs to focus more on her art.
Claudia had previously attended camp at the age of seven.SS2
After she has to return to seventh grade, she becomes a sort of goddess to the seventh graders and they copy her outfits and hairstyles. She is not allowed, however, to attend the eighth grade dance. She instead has to attend the sixth and seventh graders' afternoon party and refuses to join even the pumpkin-carving contest. After depression over this and lack of use for her punk girl costume, complete with nosering, she dresses as a scarecrow for the Hospital Buddies party.
Claudia is pulled out of eighth grade and made to repeat seventh in Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout. In this book, Claudia's family hires a tutor, Rosa, but it doesn't help. According to Rosa, Claudia is "intelligent, but lazy, sloppy, has terrible study habits." She wins first prize in the art show and then donates her painting to the Stoneybrook General Hospital children's wing.
In 113, Claudia Makes Up Her Mind, Claudia is doing very well as a seventh grader both academically (including a perfect score on a math test) and socially; she has many seventh-grade friends and signs up to be a seventh-grade events coordinator for the SMS Color War. When she is offered the chance to move back into the eighth grade, she deliberates for quite awhile before finally making up her mind to become an eighth-grader again.
In SS6, Claudia takes art classes at the Fine Arts League of New York (FALNY) with Mallory. Their instructor, a famous artist named McKenzie Clarke, praises Claudia's potential, but encourages her to be more dedicated.
She carries her art supplies in a red plastic tackle box.
Purple is Claudia's favorite color.
Among her many other artistic talents, she is very good at snow sculpture. She also owns a bead-making kit.
In 113, Claudia volunteers as the artist for a portrait-drawing competition as part of the schoolwide Colour War, and wins the event with her drawing of Bonnie Lasher (beating Alan Gray and a sixth-grader named Nicole).
Joan Miro is one of Claudia's favorite artists.
Claudia believes in Found Fashion: she finds funky-looking things in thrift stores and fashions them into cool outfits.
Her attire is beloved and bemoaned by fans. Some call her "fashion forward" while others think her outfits are impractical, ugly, and slightly crazy.
Claudia also makes a lot of her own outfits and jewelry.
Her poor spelling is often criticized as being unrealistic, due to the fact that she will spell things correctly at one point, and then wrong at others. This could be due to her carelessness at all things academic.
Books narrated by Claudia
- #2, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
- #7, Claudia and Mean Janine
- #12, Claudia and the New Girl
- #19, Claudia and the Bad Joke
- #26, Claudia and the Sad Good-bye
- #33, Claudia and the Great Search
- #40, Claudia and the Middle School Mystery
- #49, Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street
- #56, Keep Out, Claudia
- #63, Claudia's
- #71, Claudia and the Perfect Boy
- #78, Claudia and Crazy Peaches
- #85, Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO!
- #91, Claudia and the First Thanksgiving
- #97, Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby
- #101, Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout
- #106, Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade
- #113, Claudia Makes Up Her Mind
- #117, Claudia and the Terrible Truth
- #123, Claudia's Big Party
- #128, Claudia and the Little Liar
- #6, The Mystery at Claudia's House
- #11, Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum
- #16, Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph
- #21, Claudia and the Recipe for Danger
- #27, Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost
- #32, Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting
|The Baby-Sitters Club|
|Mary Anne Spier|
|Dawn Schafer|Abby Stevenson|
|Mallory Pike|Jessi Ramsey|
|Logan Bruno|Shannon Kilbourne|