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When Nobody's Home: Fifteen Baby-Sitting Tales of Terror

When Nobody's Home: Fifteen Baby-Sitting Tales of Terror

by Judith Gorog
     
 
Sasha is baby-sitting twins who are about to have a horrifying accident. June is a snoopy baby-sitter who's dug up something deadly. These and 13 more chilling tales will delight even the hardest horror fan.

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Sasha is baby-sitting twins who are about to have a horrifying accident. June is a snoopy baby-sitter who's dug up something deadly. These and 13 more chilling tales will delight even the hardest horror fan.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-An uneven collection of horror tales more or less related to a baby-sitting theme. The stories vary widely in style and quality, and several have definite folklore roots. In "Three Brothers," the youngest child defeats a demon tiger to save his siblings. Others owe a perceptible debt to the anonymous shocker tales that have been told around Scout campfires for generations. "Doglicks," a gory version of the old maniac-on-the-loose tale, is a particularly horrific example. There are also some highly original chillers here. "Double Pay" is a scary yet tender story of a young baby-sitter called to comfort a frightened infant ghost on the anniversary of the fire that killed it. Unfortunately, even in the best of these selections, the writing style is often stilted and unnatural. Run-on sentences of almost Dickensian length are common, and there are many clich expressions. The topic may attract readers, but the total package is ultimately disappointing.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Despite the subtitle—"Fifteen Baby-Sitting Tales of Terror"—most of the stories in this surprisingly uneven collection from Gorog (Please Do Not Touch, 1993, etc.) have a lot more baby-sitting than terror; one, "The Three Brothers," is more silly than scary, and another, "Sit," has nothing to do with baby-sitting. A few do rise above mediocrity, however. "The Snooping Sitter" is done in by her nosiness when she opens a closet door to find out a family's secrets. Sasha, in "Doglicks," is scared of baby-sitting until she gets a job at the home of a family with a wonderful golden retriever. In "A Small Child and a Large Sitter," little Caroline Louise Emily Beth gets a wonderful (and slimy) revenge on her unpleasant sitter. The best story of the lot is "Toads and Slime," a humorous parody of all those fairy tales in which someone is cursed before finding true love. The rest of the tales are either weak or, in some cases, incomplete; the book's striking cover art will pull in the unsuspecting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590468749
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Point Paperback Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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