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Children's LiteratureAndy Russell's life seems just about perfect, knowing he will soon have a baby brother. But when strange Aunt Janet appears to babysit, Andy's troubles, real and imagined, begin again. Even though his sister Rachel and friend Tamika put up with the aunt and her veggie-eggs and obsession for cleanliness, Andy is sure that she intends to get rid of his 20 gerbils and his pet snake. Stuffing his egg dinner in his pocket, Andy devises an ingenious plan to save his friends, the pets. There is just enough adventure in the several plot threads to keep readers going, but perhaps not quite as exciting as earlier books about Andy. Aunt Janet is a nurse's aide portrayed in a not-so-real role that could mislead readers about a needed profession, although it is very funny. When Mom and baby Evan come home, Andy suddenly realizes his good luck over the past two days—he has a new brother, his teachers understand his lack of attention, and Aunt Janet has a caring side after all. A lot of change for a 9 year old, but we love that Andy thinks nine is the best age of all. Part of the "Andy Russell" series. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 8 to 11.