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Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter Hardcover – November 17, 1998


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Kids hate it when they're left alone with a Robot Babysitter. And why wouldn't they? You can't argue with a computer program that tells you 8:00 Earth time is bedtime... and then at 8:15 reports that you are in violation of your scheduled routine. "The trouble with you, Babysitter, is that you are no fun," complains young Benjamin McFadden. "I'm not programmed for fun," Babysitter answers. So, Benjamin opens up the forbidden panel on Babysitter's back and programs it for fun. Games! Books! Music! Cookies! Fun is had, but when Benjamin gets tired, the robot does not. Much to Benjamin's horror, Babysitter has become an out-of-control fun machine, wreaking complete havoc on the household as the pages explode with flying basketballs, jogging dice, rolling cups of cocoa, and cavorting chess pieces. Desperate, he calls the Babysitter Help Line, and is told that he must use the Ultimate Password to get his dear old boring Babysitter back. What is the Ultimate Password? Luckily, Benjamin figures it out before his parents get home. Kids will like poring over the comical details in Timothy Bush's artful depictions of a futuristic Jetsons-style home, and will easily relate to familiar babysitter-related sentiments and scenarios. An interplanetary robot romp! (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-When Benjamin's parents go out and leave him in the care of his robot Babysitter, the mischievous boy becomes bored with its rigid ways and reprograms it for "fun." Things get quickly out of hand, and Benjamin is in for more "fun" than he can handle. Bush attempts to dazzle his audience by fusing a futuristic vision with a story about the impertinence of the young. What he achieves is little more than a shallow, space-age adaptation of The Cat in the Hat in which lyrical phraseology is replaced by choppy sentences that don't flow well. The illustrations are lively, busy, and entertaining, but the one-dimensional characters and plot flatten the story's effect. As our hero stumbles onto the answer to the problem he has created, readers will find the all-too-easy ending contrived and unsatisfying.
Christie J. Flynn, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 240L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (November 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517799847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517799840
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Benjamin Mc Fadden and the robot baby sitter are by Timothy Bush. Timothy Bush is a great writer and a good illustrator too. This book is great, it's funny and it's good for a bedtime story for kids the age of 3 to 13. Benjamin is a stubborn boy when it comes to bedtime. The book is about a robot baby sitter that's mean. Benjamin reprograms the robot to be fun. The baby sitter reprograms the other robots to be fun too. Then it gets out of control. Then Benjamin says the password, it's pa... sorry you will have to read the book.
I like the end when Benjamin said " What a weird night. " and Fantastic (the robot cat) said something really funny. Then Benjamin looks like the book is going to happen all over again. I recommend this book to Kindergartners though 6th graders because every one can enjoy it. I think 7th graders won't read it because it's too easy to them.
By the way this book takes place in outer space, you can tell from the illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Technology goes haywire when the Robot Babysitter is programed for FUN! This is one of my favorite books to read aloud to children and to give as gifts to youngsters to share with their "Ultimate Passwords."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cvillein on August 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I got this book to read to my kindergartener, who adores it, but my 3rd-grader enjoys it just as much. (Actually, I've noticed my husband slips into the room to listen, too!) We have a great time with the voices, and everyone chimes in on the last word. The story appeals to anyone young enough for a babysitter--or anyone who's ever been a babysitter, for that matter--and the illustrations are wonderful for all ages, with so much creative insanity happening on each page that we frequently have to go back after reading it to savor the pictures for a while longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My four-year old and I love this book. It is fun to read it aloud using a robot's voice for the part of the robot babysitter. We highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mrs. Burton's class read this fantasy book about a boy who disobeys his mother and father and it leads to a big disaster. Benjomin is left alone with his robot babysitter and all he wants to do is have fun. When Benjamin disobeyed his parents and reprogrammed his robot babysitter he got more than he expected. This book is an excellent story for young children and adults. To find out more about his adventure buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beadnell on August 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm adding to the 5 star reviews here because I love the story for another reason.

Not only is it funny and beautifully illustrated, Benjamin McFadden is also a great retelling of the classic Sorcerer's Apprentice, which in turn is an update of The Midas Touch.

It's a great bedtime story, yes, but if you are a teacher who needs to teach "classic" tales this is a brilliant example.
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