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Babysitting for Benjamin Library Binding – May, 1993

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Monster Trouble!
Monster Trouble!
Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel but she does need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters won't let her be! This delightfully sweet story will have every kid begging for an encore. See more

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From Publishers Weekly

Frances and Ralph, an elderly mouse couple, think they're adequately prepared for the arrival of Benjamin, the overactive young bunny they've agreed to baby-sit. They place the goldfish bowl atop a bookcase, stash the lampshade in the basement and put a gate in front of the stairs. But when Benjamin (who towers over his diminutive sitters) bounds in the door, commanding, "PLAY," Frances and Ralph discover just how disruptive his "play" can be. Finally, after the feisty fellow tears apart their house on two disastrous visits, the mice employ old-fashioned common sense and send him outdoors, where he tires himself out happily and without creating a mess. Though Benjamin's iron will and monosyllabic utterances recall another bunny--Rosemary Wells's Max--Gregory's ( Through the Mickle Woods ) tale has both kid-pleasing humor and plenty of action. Munsinger's ( One Hungry Monster ; Ho for a Hat! ) busy pictures merrily convey Benjamin's antics--as well as the comical dismay on his sitters' faces--as he chews on the sofa cushions, dances in a puddle of milk and throws a bowl of peanuts into the air. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- Frances and Ralph are a pair of elderly mice who decide they need some company and agree to babysit for a young rabbit. Their charge is, however, quite a handful as he chews on the sofa, leaps into the garbage, and basically destroys everything in sight. The mild-mannered couple wonder if perhaps they've made a mistake until they arrive at a solution that satisfies everyone. Munsinger's watercolors greatly enhance this humorous tale. Her whimsical characters have expressive faces and body language that capture the mood of the moment. The all-too-true escapades of this energetic toddler present an entertaining picture of babysitting that caregivers, parents, and children will enjoy. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Little London Pr; 1st edition (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316327859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316327855
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valiska Gregory is an award-winning poet and children's book author whose work has been translated into seven languages, received Parents' Choice Awards, been chosen for the American Booksellers' Pick of the Lists, and been featured on PBS and national television. Reference source Something About the Author calls her a "star in the children's literature scene."

According to reviewers, Ms. Gregory's work ranges from picture and chapter books full of "kid pleasing humor and plenty of action" to poignant books for all ages that are "told with a contagious sense of wonder." Her writing has been called "shining and magical" with "language and phrasing . . . as pleasing to the ear as the story is to the heart."

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By Claudia on March 21, 2015
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Great children's book
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