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Children's LiteratureBabysitters will have so much fun with this book that they won't even realize the job is over by the end of the evening. It reads like a story, woven with 38 ideas for crafts, snacks, and all kinds of entertaining endeavors. Halley is babysitting Leo and Daisy, who are determined to make sure she has a great time so that she'll want to come again to baby sit. They bounce from one activity to the next throughout Halley's stay, never stopping for a moment to watch TV or anything else that's less than stimulating. They use common household items such as buttons, paper bags, and eggs for creative crafts and tasty treats. Because of the many activities, the story itself bounces around quite a bit, making the reader as tired as Halley will be by the end of her babysitting job. Therefore, the plot wouldn't hold up on its own, but does its job of tying everything in together as a theme of keeping the sitter (and children) busy and happy. A table of contents makes a nice reference for looking up specific ideas. Although the crafts are not quite up to par for educational purposes in the classroom, babysitters will appreciate having this book on hand when they want to do something extra special with the children they are watching. 2003, Annick Press Ltd, Ages 9 to 11.
—Cherie Ilg Haas