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|Babysitting nightmares : the shadow hand|
Author: Shepherd, Kat
Volume 1--When a thunderstorm strikes one night, knocking out the power while Rebecca Chin is babysitting, eerie things happen and the baby starts acting strange. What's more eerie is no one else was affected by the storm. Fellow sitters Tanya, Clio, and Maggie help Rebecca investigate the mystery of the changeling that has taken the baby's place and how to rescue the baby from the Nightmare Realm.
Babysitting Nightmares, V. 1
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2018 With an imagination that runs wild, Rebecca Chin is easily frightened—a quality her three BFFs take gleeful advantage of—but none of them is prepared for what Rebecca experiences when she babysits Kyle Dunmore. While Rebecca is putting young Kyle and his teddy bear in his crib one evening, a sudden storm erupts, leaving them in the dark. Rebecca smells rotting, moldy wood and senses something wild has entered through Kyle’s window. The strange thing is that no other part of town experiences the storm. Over the coming days, the Dunmores notice changes in Kyle. He’s no longer a sweet, cuddly baby; rather, he throws tantrums and is always irritable. Rebecca and her friends determine that a changeling has replaced Kyle, and only they, as kids, can rescue Kyle from the Nightmare Realm. Will the multicultural foursome succeed before time runs out? Shepherd blends realistic fiction and fantasy with an omniscient narrator to give readers a friendship story with creepy supernatural elements to enliven their imagination. Expect the girls to appear in another spooky adventure. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Kat Shepherd draws from 1990s kid lit canon in this creepy tale of babysitting gone wrong. Middle-schooler Rebecca Chang and her friends Clio, Maggie, and Tanya love babysitting for their neighbor's infant son, Kyle. He's happy and easygoing—that is, until a power outage during a storm alters the child's personality and creates strange occurrences in his home. After consulting Clio's Aunt Kawanna, the girls are convinced that Kyle has been replaced by a changeling and they are the only ones who can return the child to his family. The story ends happily, but with the door open for another spine-tingling adventure. Clothing descriptions and scares take precedence over character development, but readers won't mind; the chills and cliff-hangers are the real attraction here. Vieira's stylized black-and-white illustrations add to the creep factor without being too graphic or frightening for younger readers, and take care to highlight the cultural diversity found in the friend group. VERDICT Fans of "Goosebumps" and the updated "Baby-Sitters' Club" graphic novels will find lots to like in this delightfully monstrous mash-up.—Katherine Barr, Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh, NC - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.