THE BABYSITTER FROM ANOTHER PLANET by Stephen  Savage

THE BABYSITTER FROM ANOTHER PLANET

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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Mom and Dad go on a date, the children meet their new babysitter with caution that turns to glee as she soon becomes their favorite sitter.

A strange silhouette, with green rays emanating from her eyes, greets the kids as they scramble under the kitchen table. It’s clear this is no ordinary caregiver. Bull-horned, purple, and reminiscent of a slimmed-down Barbapapa character, this babysitter is definitely an extraterrestrial. But as she cooks, helps with homework, reads, and sings lullabies, she slowly becomes more familiar. The kids are won over when she pulls the ultimate sitter move—letting them stay up late (and play anti-gravity games). Digital illustrations are done in a cool palette using simple blocks of color. The cover parodies the 1950s futuristic aesthetic, from the shape and shading of the flying saucers and car to the modern-style home; distressed display type on the title harkens back to pulp magazines. Unfortunately, while Savage exhibits his signature skill on the cover and title page, the interiors lack the same attention to scale and detail. The mysterious lighting may unsettle more than just the protagonists; this is one to use with children who have had some experience with babysitters already. The family appears to be a multiracial one, with a peach-skinned dad and a light-brown–skinned mom.

A resource for the babysitter bookshelf and to prompt conversations about seeing beyond appearances. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-8234-4147-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2018




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