Don't Sit on the Baby!: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting

128p. illus. index. websites. Zest. 2012. pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-0-9827322-3-6. LC 2011942757. é
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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