I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini, Vivienne To
Genres: Middle Grade, Supernatural
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 352
on June 20th 2017
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The Last Kids on Earth
meets Goosebumps in this hilarious new series about a secret society of babysitters who protect kids from the monsters that really do live under their beds!
When middle schooler Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, she thinks the scariest part of her night will be the death of her social life. But then Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman’s minions and Kelly learns there’s a whole lot more to childcare than free snacks and Netflix. Like chasing shadow monsters, drop-kicking Toadies, and mastering monster-fighting moves like the Naptime Headlock and Playground Punch.
Now, with the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the monsters’ trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world—without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.
Packed with black-and-white illustrations and insider secrets from the world of monster hunting, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is full of tricks, treats, and terrifying twists!
“Hush, little baby don’t say a word.”
Here is what I thought
Kelly just wants to make some money to go to what she thinks is going to be an awesome camp, but it cost $4,000 and her parents can’t afford it. So she has undertaken all sorts of jobs and she is only about a thousand off her goal. She just doesn’t know what else to do to earn money and then her friend suggest babysitting.
Kelly is not so sure about babysitting as she is not really a kid person, but she does want to go to that camp. Her friend fixes her an ad and it gets shared to a few on social media, but she hasn’t heard anything and she is kind of relieved. It’s Halloween and she has plans with her friend to go to a party, but then has to cancel when her mother accepts a babysitting job for her. Her mothers boss aka Ice Queen is having a party that her parents have to go to and her regular babysitter cancelled, she seen Kelly’s ad and needs her to come babysit. Kelly knows she has to because her mom’s job could be on the line so she goes and James is not happy to have a new sitter.
James tries to tell Kelly that bad things happen when he dreams and that monsters are real but she didn’t believe him and ignores him till she hears something upstairs and finds some toadies stealing James. She calls the old babysitter for help and soon Liz comes and that is when Kelly finds out that there is an Order of Babysitters who keep monsters from children. Kelly feels bad about what has happened to James so she wants to help but she gets in over her head. She also finds out some interesting things about herself as she tries to help Liz and the other babysiters.
Kelly has a lot of spunk for a 13 year old. She also learns a lot of things like being popular is not as cool as having some great friends even if they are a bit strange. That bravery comes from within and not because you have a fancy weapon.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting was full of a lot of action and very fast paced. It was a lot of fun to read and I think any young reader would love to set out on this adventure with Kelly and the gang (there is a boy who is a babysitter so not all girls). Fun for adults to read too! 🙂
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