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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Every parent needs a babysitter like the unflappable Amanda Smeedy. The epitome of grace under pressure, young Amanda (who sports one of Teague's signature near-vertical hairdos) quickly rises to the occasion when faced with a trio of rambunctious charges ("From bongo drums and fleegle horns/ to piano and tambourine,/ there was no louder three-piece band/ than Clarabelle, Zeke, and Baby Lurleen"). Bent on outfoxing their sitter, the Eggmont children escalate their shenanigans from mild garden-variety chaos to a full-blown circus, complete with fireworks and dancing elephants. But Amanda coolly disregards their pranks, lets them wear themselves out trying to impress her and then (with well-deserved smugness) simply puts them to bed. Teague (The Secret Shortcut) pulls out all the stops in this sly spoof, yet another imaginative entry in his gallery of skewed domesticity. The bright, sassy acrylics careen across the pages at near-warp speed in a series of effective quick-cut perspectivesnow looking down from above (Baby Lurleen on the high wire), now about to leap off the page (Baby Lurleen astride her locomotive), now looking up from below (Baby Lurleen using the couch as a trampoline and catapulting herself upstairs)leaving readers with the feeling that they've had as vigorous a workout as the three Eggmonts. It's a wild ride from start to finish, and more fun than a three-ring circus. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Clarabelle, Zeke, and Baby Lurleen have a planthree plans actuallyto drive their babysitter bonkers. However, the kids find that they have to pull out all the stops to get a rise out of Amanda Smeedy. Teague's wacky artwork and use of unusual perspective animates the rhyming tale. The text itself has a life of its own, often moving around the page in accordance with what is being said. Readers will be delighted by the antics of these youngsters and Amanda's nonchalance at their outrageous behavior. This fantasy will be a big hit in storytimes and, oddly enough, it will work well as a bedtime story.Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Smart, self-assured babysitter Amanda Smeedy doesn't know what she is in for when she meets the Eggmont kids. The first clue comes when Mr. and Mrs. Eggmont make a mad dash out the door. In rhyme that is forced but fun, Teague (The Secret Shortcut, 1996, etc.) tells how the Eggmont brats try to scare away clever Amanda. She yawns through their amazing exploits, and sits quietly eating ice cream after the children have worn themselves out trying to foil her. The illustrations are full of action and excitement; off-kilter perspectives fill the pages as the Eggmont children grow desperate for results. An amusing romp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590677127
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Teague
Mark Teague

Mark Teague

Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose books include DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; DETECTIVE LARUE: LETTERS FROM THE INVESTIGATION; LARUE FOR MAYOR: LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL; FUNNY FARM; and PIGSTY. He is also the illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Wonderful -- should publish a new edition!

    We found this book at the library and my kids, 2 1/2 and 4 1/2, love it. Someone should republish it and make it larger, like Teague's How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The artwork is terrific and the story is funny. Perfect for siblings as it tells the story of putting three little ones to bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Hilarious for Parents and Kids

    This is a great story about kid's antics to torture a babysitter. The antics backfire on the kids. Very funny.

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