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38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter

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Way-cool ideas to keep babysitters happy!

Leo and his younger sister, Daisy, are left with a new babysitter for the whole day, and their mom is relying on them to ensure that Halley has a great time. That's quite a task. But Leo and Daisy are up to the challenge!

Over the course of the day, Leo, Daisy, and Halley make all kinds of magic. They turn an ordinary piece of bread into a colorful butterfly sandwich; ...

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Overview

Way-cool ideas to keep babysitters happy!

Leo and his younger sister, Daisy, are left with a new babysitter for the whole day, and their mom is relying on them to ensure that Halley has a great time. That's quite a task. But Leo and Daisy are up to the challenge!

Over the course of the day, Leo, Daisy, and Halley make all kinds of magic. They turn an ordinary piece of bread into a colorful butterfly sandwich; make an animated movie from a pile of paper; and transform mashed potato into an erupting volcano!

As the characters in the story perform an activity, simple step-by-step instructions appear alongside. Each requires only easy-to-find, around-the-house objects and little cleanup! Funky, bright-colored illustrations embellish the humor and allow the reader to follow different stages of each activity.

An amusing, original story with a trio of well-defined, quirky characters sets the scene for 38 easy, creative, no-mess, home activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Karen MacKinnon
One of the most unique books I have come across for a long time.
Kids VT
A unique combination of games, crafts, cookbook and even a story that will charm children, babysitters, grandparents and friends for hours.
Dallas Morning News - Kathy Antoniotti
More than a full day's worth of amusement... most of the supplies are things you already have around the house.
Waukegan News-Sun
Very unique because all the fun happens indoors — what a great resource on a rainy day.
Boise Family Magazine
An inventive combination of game book, craft book, cookbook, that's guaranteed to charm children.
Canadian Materials - Liz Greenaway
Finally a book to banish those moments in life when you think that you'll never make it until bedtime, or until the rain stops, or until March break ends.... Dette Hunter has written a gem of a book aimed at making a day indoors enjoyable for all. This book had not been in our house for more than two hours when my six-year-old spotted it and demanded we get started on the crafts right away. Happily, the supplies needed really are those you'd find in most homes, and we quickly had wizard hats made out of newspaper. The crafts can be very simple...but all have some kid appeal and are sure to please most kids, regardless of gender, age or energy levels.... The Red Cross could do worse than to hand out this terrific book out to all who complete its babysitting course. Our babysitter is coming tonight. I only hope she's ready to be entertained. Highly Recommended.
Children's Literature
Babysitters 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
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An inviting compendium of games, crafts, and recipes, all tied together with a story and illustrated with colorful cartoon artwork. Leo has promised his mother that he will keep the new babysitter entertained, and he describes the action as he, his younger sister, and their dog spend a busy day with Halley. A wide variety of activities are incorporated into the narrative, and the directions are presented in smaller print along the margins. Projects include making a wizard hat, a paper necklace, a yarn doll, a rocket ship flip book, and "Crunchy Monkeys" (bananas rolled in wheat germ and chocolate chips). The required materials are readily available and a warning is given regarding the use of a microwave oven. For its uniqueness, creativity, and appeal to both children and babysitters, this book will be a popular addition to most collections. It supplements Heidi Murkoff's What to Expect When the Babysitter Comes (HarperCollins, 2000) and Harriet Brown and Stephanie Roth's The Babysitter's Handbook (Pleasant Co., 1999).-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550377941
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Dette Hunter is the author of the best-selling 38 Ways to Entertain Your Grandparents. She has published three successful books of easy crafts and recipes for children and is always coming up with new ideas.

Stephen MacEachern is an accomplished graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork regularly appears in advertising and books.

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