Parents' Guide to

Marge in Charge

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Babysitter stories are wacky but weird.

Book Isla Fisher Humor 2017
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Funny and cool

I really liked the Marge books because they are funny and cool. I’m 6 and it took one night to read.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This amiable book about a wacky, unpredictable babysitter feels like something we've read before, and Mary Poppins is a hard act to follow. The action in Marge in Charge feels more random than forward moving, and some of the scenarios seem improbable. For instance, Marge smears brown hair dye on her face, thinking it's a mudpack, but how does it wash off? And she encourages the kids to fill a water gun with apple juice, but isn't the house then covered in sticky juice? Later, when a pancake falls on her head, she pours syrup all over her hair, and the kids dig in and eat the pancake. There doesn't seem to be much method to Marge's madness, and her behavior usually doesn't seem charming or slyly savvy. While we might expect her to find wacky ways to get the kids to do their chores, or present a free-spirited alternative to drab and dull routine, she often just seems unbalanced.

Isla Fisher's a talented and accomplished comic actress, and her book is lively, with a spirit of fun, so kids may enjoy it. But the humor and focus could be sharper.

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