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Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Light, breezy stories in sequel about wacky babysitter.

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These stories featuring a zany babysitter have a slaphappy silliness that may get kids giggling, but can also feel slapdash. Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure has the strengths and weaknesses of the first book in the series. The message can get a bit muddled. Marge is fun but can be irresponsible, so some readers might find her not freeing as intended but disturbing. While watching the baby, she falls asleep in the stroller; when the baby messes her diaper, Marge hides, so Jemima's the one who has to change it; at the wedding, Marge loses the baby. It's also odd for the age group that the stories are long, running around 50 pages each. Kids graduating to independently reading chapter books are usually helped by frequent breaks and short chapters. The stories are episodic -- a slice of life with a dollop of zany -- so some kids may find them an amusing, entertaining read.

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