This book is part of the "Read-It" series designed for children who are just learning to read. The series is divided into six, color-coded levels with purple being the most basic. The series continues through red, blue, yellow, green, and orange with each level becoming progressively more challenging in ideas, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Each book contains short instructions to parents for using the books with their children and also a list of other books in the series at the same skill level. This book is written at the purple, or most basic, level. It tells the simple story of Amy and Brad, who are sad about being left at home with a babysitter while their parents go to the movies. Liz the wise babysitter makes popcorn and shows a movie at home so that Brad and Amy are happy once again. The story deals with a situation familiar to young children who are just beginning to learn to read. The extremely simple text using high-frequency and phonetically regular words, and the bright and engaging illustrations will help even the earliest readers be successful. Books intentionally written at a specific reading level whose primary purpose is to teach reading skills almost always suffer in terms of plot, characterization, and other elements necessary for high-quality literature. However, for children who are just beginning to read who want the joy of being able to say, "I can read this myself," books such as this one can be useful. 2006, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 6.