What Kind of Baby-Sitter Is This?

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9780027478464: What Kind of Baby-Sitter Is This?

Kevin intensely dislikes the idea of having a babysitter, until the unconventional baseball-loving "Aunt" Lovey arrives to change his mind.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-- When his mother arranges for a baby-sitter to stay with him while she goes to school, Kevin wants no part of it. According to him, sitters only like to paint their toenails, talk on the phone, and read "kissy-kissy" books. Aunt Lovey, an older woman, doesn't quite conform to his expectations. While the boy sulks and waits for her to shower attention on him, she calmly turns on the TV; gets out her baseball pennant, hat, and cards; and begins cheering noisily for her team. Almost against his will, the youngster is drawn to this woman who shares his passion for baseball. By story's end, the two have become comfortable companions and Kevin asks his mother if his new friend can move in. The text and illustrations flow together smoothly as readers observe Kevin's change of heart. The watercolor and colored-pencil double-page spreads are uncluttered and focus attention on the African-American characters; Johnson is especially adept at capturing expressive faces. The gentle humor and reassuring tone will be appreciated by parents as well as children anticipating their next experience with a sitter. --Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Kevin is adamantly opposed to the being left with a baby- sitter while Mom's at school, but comfortable, white-haired Mrs. Lovey Pritchard turns out to be different: pinching his cheek and calling him ``sugar dumpling'' may not be an auspicious beginning, but she doesn't paint her toenails and eat ``the good stuff in the refrigerator,'' like her predecessors. She does watch TV, but it turns out that the program is Kevin's favorite, a baseball game to which he's inevitably lured--the beginning of a solid friendship (Aunt Lovey also brought just the right book). A wholesome look at a nice black family solving a universal problem; the author's freely rendered, realistic illustrations glow with well-being--a perfect match to her upbeat story. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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