Saturday, 11 February 2012

When Betsy Came to Babysit by Elizabeth Dale (Children's, Picture book)

September 2011, Tamarind
24 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: babysitting from all viewpoints, reverse psychology, children's dreams, reading, obedience, fun times, lots of humour

Summary from Tamarind
'I don't know anything about babysitting,' Betsy says to Ria and Josh.
So the children let her know all the wild things that they get up to when they have a babysitter. But Ria and Josh discover they aren't the only ones who can be wild...
Nayuleska's thoughts
I like the fun style illustrations which are very detailed - my friend would love the cow object (maybe a salt jar) on the kitchen worktop scene. I personally loved the cat which appeared in almost every scene doing what Ria and Josh did. There's a great deal of realism in the sctivities the children dream of doing in a rule free place. Betsy gained their attention, and skillfully diverts them to a more sedate yet still fun night., earning this a 10/10. 

Suggested read
To read about a highly entertaining child, check out Monster Baby by Lee Carr

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