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Oh, to be left with a babysitter! The tribulations of staying home while Mom and Dad go out are humorously, thoughtfully brought to life by acclaimed children's book author Robie H. Harris and illustrator Harry Bliss.
In Bliss's sophisticated illustrations, which split Harris's text into narrative and speech bubbles, this amusing read shows a little girl attempting to persuade her parents to stay home with sly tactics and excuses, including "'3. And if you go out tonight, the biggest, baddest moose will walk into the kitchen -- and eat me all up!'" Mom and Dad are busy readying themselves for a night out, however, and while they provide reassurances that she's loved and that they'll come back, the girl makes up her mind to run away. But when Sarah the babysitter shows up, the girl begins to realize that her situation isn't all bad: After pizza with pepperoni and pineapple, toenail painting, and bedtime stories, she falls fast asleep. And of course, the next morning, she visits her parents as they snooze in bed and tells them all about her fun evening with Sarah.
A smart, marvelous read that fills a picture book gap about being with babysitters, this page-turner will keep kids giggling and ultimately leave them reassured. Bliss does a great job incorporating witty visual extras into his art, while Harris's text speaks loud and clear for, and to, children who have similar fears as this little girl. After sharing this with your little one, bringing in a babysitter should be no problem. Shana Taylor