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Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 37 user ratings
ISBN:0449701778
LANGUAGE:English

" I first read this book after seeing it on Books From Cover to Cover (does anyone else remember that show?). It's not a great book but it was fun to revisit a book from my childhood. I had forgotten a lot of the plot but I remembered some of the details, like Irene's yellow shirt and the melted plastic plate. " said.

" This is the kind of story that scares parents. Have they done enough to teach their children how to protect themselves in dangerous situations? Though Darcy is scared, she makes some level-headed decisions in a dangerous situation. This is a good learning tool for kids in case they ever find themselves in a scary situation. This is a must-read for all ages. " said.

" I remember finding this book at a book fair in school and being so excited to start reading it. This book was the inspiration for me to start baby-sitting. I wanted to be responsible and get treated like an adult (who would have thought now I'd be wanting to go back). This poor girl is put through a nightmare and when you add the responsibility of children it can only make things worse. An easy but addicting read for sure. " said.

" My first introduction to Willo Davis Roberts: I borrowed this book from the library for my little sister, back in my young teens. My intention was to read a couple chapters each night. We finished the night after we started it. :) She was on the edge of her seat...well, mattress. A great thriller for kids. Reading this to my sister is a fond memory, for us both. We were ever-hunting the elusive, edge-of-seat books for kids thereafter. " said.

"Ahh another one of my favorites! I'm lucky to own this book! I never realized that will Davis Roberts wrote some of my favorite books until goodreads. Just saying.
This book is just fantastic! All I have ever done is babysit and this highlights my fear as a child but it is so fantastically written that it always made me feel better haha. Weird?
A super great young adult book that shows so many different issues with society. I love to and would recommend this to the fullest! Worth the hunt for sure (:
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"I recently talked about a Willo Davis Roberts book I reread and really enjoyed, and I don't think this one has aged quite as well. Like, Darcy's family doesn't have a microwave, and there's no particular reason for that. That made me giggle a little. One thing that didn't have me laughing was the child abuse plotline. Not of Darcy's charges, but of another girl. Darcy mentions that Dr. Foster, the childrens' mother, doesn't believe in corporal punishment, preferring psychology. She then says, "My folks used psychology on us, when they thought about it, but when that didn't work they reverted to old-fashioned methods of discipline, which had included paddling when we were smaller." Read the rest on my blog." said.

"This is a very slight book about a baby-sitter who gets kidnapped along with her charges. The premise could be terrifying, but the execution comes off as a bit bland. The villains are a father and his two sons. The father is mean, and a child beater. One of his sons is cruel and greedy. The other is kind-hearted and dim. They are hapless kidnappers, and the wonder of the book is that they managed to keep the kids imprisoned long enough to collect the ransom.

The babysitter is also a bit dim-witted. She makes several mistakes through the book and aknowledges them as such. I actually liked this aspect of the book, or at least I liked it better than if she were a genius superhero. Ultimately, my main problem with this book is that it's supposed to be frightening and I have a hard time imagining any kid, or at least any kid who has ever seen a movie or watched television, being frightened.
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I remember finding this book at a school book fair years ago and it caught my attention the moment I saw it. I was so excited to start this book (it was the first book I had ever picked out on my own)! I wanted to be responsible and get treated like an adult (who would have thought now I’d be wanting to go back) and babysitting was the first step to that process. However, what happens in this book I would never be prepared for even now as an adult.
Darcy is thirteen years old and babysits regularly. She interviews for a position caring for three bratty kids; two girls and a little boy. These kids get into all kinds of normal child-like trouble by making long distance phone calls, or playing in mom’s makeup. Nothing would ever prepare Darcy for being kidnapped on the job though! Now Darcy is the only chance they all have at escaping safely … but can she do it with three young children?
Despite reading this story almost 18 years ago, I remember this tale with more detail than some of the books I read last year. The story was full of action and so many plot twists! You get attached to Darcy and feel her struggle to care for some of the simplest needs of the children after they have been kidnapped. I would recommend this story to teens and adults alike. Not exactly a bedtime story though!
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