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Don't Sit on the Baby!
ISBN: 9780982732236
Author: Bondy, Halley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2012
Retail: $12.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A lighthearted guide for teen babysitters shares strategic advice about caring for charges up to age 10, providing entries on everything from finding a compatible babysitting job and communicating with parents to handling emergencies and engaging in kid-friendly activities. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.75" L x 0.50" W
Lexile Level: 990
Bargain Category: Reference, Middle School, High School, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 July #1)

With light humor and ample encouragement, Bondy introduces prospective babysitters to the basics, including what to expect from different children at different ages, finding clients, keeping kids comfortable and safe, and handling emergency situations. Presenting babysitting as a challenging but rewarding way to earn money and build experience, Bondy also includes personal testimonies and practical advice from tween and teenage babysitters. Quizzes, recipes, and tips for starting a babysitters club should entertain and ease readers into their first gig. Ages 12–up. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 February)

Gr 7 Up—Wearing multiple hats as a writer and editor for MTV World, a former nanny puts her comedy skills to work in this useful guide. The table of contents, index, and list of resources, including both the phone number of the Poison Control Center and a link to the Yo Gabba Gabba! craft website, make it a valuable tool. Bondy explains the reality of babysitting kids of all ages, from teething infants to bored first graders. She does not sugarcoat the challenges or make it seem like an impossible task. Additionally, the tone is gender-neutral, never assuming that the audience is female. The book is well organized and clearly written and has the added bonus of offering tips for how to create a résumé and find a babysitting job. Given its slightly sarcastic tone, it should find a willing audience among upper middle school through high school students and would make an excellent addition to career/job search collections.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA

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