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A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, Book 1

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Babysitters fight monsters in fun horror-lite tale.

Book Joe Ballarini Horror 2017
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This funny and creepy book has all the elements of a great Halloween read for older kids. Kelly and the monster-hunting babysitters are all impressive in their own right, and have moments of fear and doubt like real people. And illustrations by Vivienne To add to the fun. The scary scenes in A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting are quite scary -- with monsters abducting terrified children and trying to kill the babysitters -- but also pretty tame in their fantasy violence, with little blood or gore. Most appealing to middle grade readers, perhaps, is that really young kids, tweens, and teens are the only hope for saving the world.

Yet, Kelly falls flat at times, reverting to boy crazy and self-interested when it's not appropriate. And the story fails its two characters of color, who seem like they are there to check the diversity box. While one is more developed and complex than the other, neither ends up feeling fully realized or authentic. Excessive product mentions (including Jansport, Facebook, Uggs, Instagram, Amazon, Reef sandals, SpongeBob SquarePants, and more) mar what is otherwise a fun and spooky read.

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