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Isabella babysits Baxter by Melissa Perry Moraja

Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella's mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly how to do it! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed...TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess. (Target age: 3 - 8 years old)

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ISBN-13: 9780989829342
Publisher: Melissa Productions, Inc.
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)

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Isabella babysits Baxter 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The previous books in Melissa Perry Moraja's "Wunderkind Family" series are aimed at Middle Grade kids. This is the first book specifically for younger children. The series is based on the author's family, and this one features her youngest daughter Isabella and the family dog Baxter. Mom is busy working from home and asks six-year-old Isabella to babysit Baxter. Excited to be babysitting for the first time, Isabella takes her job very seriously, but trouble seems to follow them everywhere. The story is full of humor, adventure, excitement, and even suspense. Will Isabella get in trouble when Mom finally catches up with her? The illustrations, also by the author, are simple, colorful, and absolutely adorable. Your kids will love to follow the adventures of Isabella and Baxter. I can't wait to see what they get up to next! A pleasure to read. I received this book in return for an honest review.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful childrens book! I loved reading it, about a girl named Isabella and her dog Baxter who is always making messes. But when Isabella gets to babysit for Baxter and keep him out of trouble, they tend to make a lot of messes. They have so much fun, and through the awesome illustrations your child can read the story through them :) My daughter is 8 and loved this book, she tried to read from the pictures and did a great job! It's a short read, only about 28 pages total and not a lot of words, so your child will be able to sit for the whole book. Melissa Perry Moraja has written a lot of childrens books including another one I reviewed titled Josh and the Gum Shoe News Crew :) She has won a Mom's Choice Award, and I can't wait to read more of her childrens stories! It also teaches the value of cleaning up after yourself and learning how to take responsibility for your actions. I received a complimentary ebook to review :)
AshleyH42 More than 1 year ago
Isabella is left in charge of Baxter. They have a great time, keeping out of trouble together. This is a cute picture book that kids and dogs will enjoy. There is something special about the relationship between kids and their dogs. Melissa Perry Moraja manages to capture that relationship in this gorgeous book.
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this for an honest review which I've given. This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners. Isabella is a typical six year old little girl. She wants some responsibility. After all, little six year old girls think that they are much older than they least I did at six! I remember being asked to "mentor" the new girl by my first grade teacher. That little girl became one of my best friends through grade school. Being asked to help out by my teacher made me feel very grown up. And Isabella is given a big responsibility by her mom. She needs to babysit Baxter while mom is in her art room working. Isabella and Baxter have a very fun day, though they tend to make some very big messes. Being the responsible girl she is, Isabella makes sure the messes and Baxter are cleaned up.  Isabella babysits Baxter is an adorable book that your children will love. The illustrations are beautiful and the simple text makes this a great first reader or a read aloud. I definitely recommend this book!
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
** I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.** This was a quick, easy read which is a lot of fun. The illustrations are brightly colored and kept fairly simple, getting the point across without including too much detail.  The book is a good lesson in responsibility for young children, and at the same time is laugh out loud funny. I would recommend it to anyone with a child in their life.
PRATR More than 1 year ago
Isabella is a little girl who always is the one who needs a babysitter, until one day when mom needed help. She was given the big responsibility of babysitting her dog Baxter. Baxter is a handful. Isabella seems to have an awesome babysitter that she learned from because all of the activities she did with Baxter were right on par with what her babysitter would do with her. The pictures are colorful and fun. Perfect for ages 4-7. The great thing about this book is that it shows kids what a huge responsibility it is to care for someone or something else. Great Story!
CLMurphy More than 1 year ago
Isabella is excited to babysit (dog-sit), when her mother leaves her in charge of their dog, Baxter. Baxter is an adorable pooch, full of energy, and proves to be a handful for Isabella. Isabella and Baxter entertain themselves, and leave evidence of their fun around the house. All ends well, when Isabella's mom returns, and finds her daughter acting responsibly by cleaning up the mess. Simple, colorful illustrations clearly define the scenes that young readers will understand. This would make a fun story to read aloud, or for beginning readers to master on their own.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite In Isabella Babysits Baxter, part of The Wunderkind Family Children’s Book Collection by Melissa Perry Moraja, little Isabella gets a big girl job when her mom asks her to babysit their dog Baxter after he gets into trouble by making a mess while her mom is trying to work. Isabella is usually the one who has a babysitter, but she’s not worried; she knows exactly what to do. From getting Baxter dressed to feeding him to painting a picture to taking a bath, Isabella and Baxter have one fun adventure, but can she stop him from making more of a mess and getting into even more trouble? This is a simple, cute story based on the author’s daughter, Isabella, and their dog Baxter. Young children will enjoy seeing and reading about Isabella taking on the responsibility of babysitting the family dog. A lot of families have some kind of pet so kids will be able to relate to the idea of taking care of one. Not only will they learn responsibility and enjoy a young girl’s adventure with her adorable dog, but readers will also adore the colorful illustrations. Filled with humor and fun, Isabella Babysits Baxter is perfect for young children, and I especially recommend it for families with pets. Melissa Perry Moraja does a great job of bringing these real-life characters to print in a new, entertaining children’s book that is sure to please the whole family. My toddler is already a fan, so we will definitely be keeping our eyes on this new author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an educationalI am an Educational Psychologist and have been using this book for 3 months now to discuss responsibility with the families that I work with. I also did a trial run on my own children. This book is a great way to introduce chores and responsibilities in a way that is funny, fresh, and relatable. My families immediately identify with the characters. Discussions are limitless. I have many ways to design a session and am able to give my families the book to utilize as reminders when responsibilities are left undone. I am excited to test out other books in her series!
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that ISABELLA BABYSITS BAXTER by Melissa Perry Moraja is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
Isabella Babysits Baxter is a cute story about a 6-year-old girl who's babysitting for the first time. Her large, energetic puppy Baxter is the babysittee. Isabella takes her first babysitting job very seriously, despite the challenges of keeping up with the lively puppy. (As the mom of a toddler who's tried to do the same activities with him that Isabella does with Baxter, I can definitely relate!) Ultimately Isabella proves herself to be a responsible puppy-sitter (and does a much better job keeping up with Baxter than I do keeping up with my toddler some days). I like that this story teaches responsibility to kids, but without being at all heavy-handed about it. Isabella entertains Baxter and cleans up after him just because that's what she's supposed to do, not because anyone told her to. The artwork is simple but effective, and it definitely caught my toddler's eye as I read the story to his big brother. This probably isn't a book I would have picked on my own to read to my kids (I have all boys, and the cover design implies that this is a "girl's book" – not very gender-neutral of me, I know), but I'm glad we had the chance to read it. While the storyline is probably too simplistic to engage the interest of kids over the age of four or five, I think preschool age children (of either gender) will enjoy this story – giggling as Baxter keeps Isabella on her toes, and just maybe learning a little bit about responsibility as a side effect. I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
enfyspreseli More than 1 year ago
A delightful, fun book, full of colour and humour. The illustrations are top notch and the story engaging. The cover itself just oozes mischief. Highly recommended.
reignbough1973 More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun reading this story to my 6-yr-old niece, and she enjoyed it, as well. I loved that the pages were so full of color and that the characters had such funny adventures together. The illustrations are well-drawn and go along well with the story. My niece's favorite part of the story was when the crackers got spilled all over the floor. Those are my niece's favorite snacks and she laughed so hard she almost spilled her own bowl of fish crackers! Children will love this engaging, fun story, whether it is read to them or they read it on their own. DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
This is a cute children's book about a little girl who babysits her puppy while her mom is working in another room. Isabella has good intentions, but of course there are some silly misadventures. The illustrations are bright and fun. This was a story my three year old enjoyed reading with me. She loved the puppy named Baxter, especially because her uncle has a golden retriever named Baxter. :) This was a fun story that we will read again. I would recommend this to beginning readers and toddlers/preschoolers. I think that age group would relate well to Isabella and her mishaps. I received a complimentary copy for review purposes, but my opinion was not influenced in any way.
Bingicefairy More than 1 year ago
This picture book is beautifully illustrated and well written. While it's more for the younger ones in the suggested age group in terms of reading level, the story appeals to the older ones as well. Every character in the book is adorable, including, Isabella, her mom and her dog. The story encourages kids to take their share of responsibility as a family member and to offer help to their loved ones (Yes, mom needs every bit of help she can get!). It also depicts a very realistic picture about the messy situation kids are very likely to get into when doing something "big" for the first time. All is told in a humorous, loving tone. Meanwhile, it drops friendly hints about how parents should react to the mess their children make from their well-intentioned actions. I find this book to be both entertaining and educational and would highly recommend it to both children who start to read independently and parents who love to read with their little ones. Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Melissa Perry Moraja does it again. My family is an avid fan of the Wunderkind Series of chapter books, but this is the first (hopefully of many) Wunderkind series of picture books for children ages 3-6. A fun and engaging book - this is great for any young kid; as many want to be responsible. Isabella is so excited to be taking care of her dog, Baxter, but it is a lot of work. Isabella finds that she has to clean up mess after mess. I read this book to my 2 year old, and he stated engaged beginning to end; a rarity! It's 32 pages are easy to read and the story flows beautifully. Great writing combined with simple illustrations makes this a winner for the younger kids in any household. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated herein are 100% my own.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Beware of what you ask your child to do! This comically entertaining book for children with keep them giggling! A mother, busy with a project, tries to maintain her sanity by asking her child to go babysit Baxter. The following pages are filled with disastrous adventures as Isabella's puts her young efforts to "babysit" Baxter. Despite all the calamity, the story ends well. However, the abrupt ending did not quite fit with reality. The book and comically colorful Illustrations were both created by the author, Melissa Perry Moraja. This is a fun book your child will surely enjoy.Recommended for children ages 2 to 8. *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given.
amm02 More than 1 year ago
Isabella's mom is busy and asks her to take care of the dog until she is done. Isabella is so excited because she does not ever get to babysit. They have a fun day and make messes. But at the end they clean up and get to go on a walk with her mom. It was a cute story. My kids loved it. Espically when Baxter makes messes and is hyper. A definate must read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Isabella get the opportunity to babysit her puppy Baxter...what all do they get themselves into? Cute book, great for children up to ages 7. Well illustrated and easy to follow. *Received for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book about a little girl who is given the responsibility of watching her dog by herself for the first time. There are many trials and tribulations, all of which would be familiar and fun for a young child to read. The pages are bright and colorful with vibrant backgrounds and simple text. It's a great format for early readers. Young children who are just starting to understand responsibility will relate to Isabella's adventures, frustrations, and eventually her feeling of pride in a job well done. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. K and I enjoyed reading how Isabella looked after her dog Baxter. K thought it was funny that they both got into the fish crackers and made a huge mess.  This is a quick, easy read, and the illustrations are colorful.  I liked how this book shows what a big responsibility it is to take care of either someone or something. In this case a dog. If you leave a puppy alone there is a lot they can get into so Isabella gets to find things to keep them out of the trouble until her mother is done working.  Being six years old and dog-sitting can result in a lot of fun!
MeredithtoMommy More than 1 year ago
My 2 and 4 year old girls loved this book. They loved the pictures of Baxter, and my 4 year old could definitely relate to being given a real "responsibility". While it's obvious to the adult reader that Isabella's mom is trying to keep Isabella out of the way while she finishes up some work, young children see it as an opportunity to be in charge. A simple book, but a fun read for young kids. **I received a pdf copy in exchange for my honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story draws to you from the start with a great bright cover and continues drawing you in with the illustrations. In this story Isabella becomes the babysitter. Her mother asked her to watch Baxter the family dog! Although Isabella doesn't realize that her mother is asking her to do this to keep her busy Isabella feels like a grown up. She goes about taking care of Baxter the way she would take care of herself. Dressing, snacking, playing, bathing and even cleaning up. I really enjoyed the part where she went to the kitchen to get her favorite snack fish crackers and she couldn't quite reach them, knocking them on over and some spilling on the floor brought a giggle from me, knowing that Baxter like any dog wouldn't be able to resist. At the end of the story when "mom" was ready to take Baxter for his walk, she discovered Isabella and Baxter cleaning up and to me this part teaches a lesson about responsibility and cleaning up after yourself. Job well done and I can see many kids loving the playfulness of this book.