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A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting
Contributor(s): Ballarini, Joe, To, Vivienne (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062437836     ISBN-13: 9780062437839
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    OUR PRICE: $12.60  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2017
Annotation: When Kelly loses a little boy to monsters who live under his bed during her first babysitting job, she learns about a secret society of babysitters who fight monsters.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Babysitters; Fiction.
Monsters; Fiction.
Halloween; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017024940
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Babysitter's Guide to Monsters
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.90 lbs) 338 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 190177
Reading Level: 4.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Middle schooler Kelly is [cf2]not[cf1] babysitter material, but she still has to watch her mom's boss's kid on Halloween. When four Toadies steal little Jacob, Kelly must team up with monster-fighting babysitter extraordinaire Liz LeRue to save him and stop the Bogeyman from unleashing Jacob's nightmares. Ballarini offers readers a hilarious and engaging series-opener, complete with black-and-white illustrated pages from Liz's monster-hunting notebook. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 5–7—This shining gem in the campy monster drama genre is a step up from R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps." Meet Kelly Ferguson, a struggling 12-year-old who hasn't quite found her place in the middle school hierarchy. Then she accidentally discovers a team of monster-fighting babysitters. Their mission is to save kids from the utmost evil in the world, the Grand Guignol. This despicable, devil-like creature, who is also known as the boogeyman, preys on defenseless children left in the care of babysitters. When Kelly's charge, Jacob, is kidnapped right under her nose, she must work with the band of super babysitters to help rescue baby Jacob from the clutches of the vile Grand Guignol. The over-the-top humorous action, snarky dialogue, and engaging characters will keep readers hooked. The other babysitters, such as Liz, who is haunted by the disappearance of a sibling, each have interesting backstories. Liz creates A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, which the sitters refer to when faced with a new threat. Excerpts from this handy manual are sprinkled throughout the narrative, adding an interesting dimension to the storytelling and world-building. VERDICT With shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this tale of a courageous heroine and her ragtag group of intrepid babysitters battling nightmare-inducing beasts makes for addictive reading. Hand this to fans of Chris Colfer, Rick Riordan, and Adam Gidwitz.—Julie Shatterly, W. A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.