Review! A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Written by Joe Ballarini
Illustrated by Vivienne To
352 pages – ages 9+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 20, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “When middle schooler Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, she thinks the scariest part of her night will be the death of her social life. But then Baby Jacob gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman’s minions and Kelly learns there’s a whole lot more to childcare than free snacks and Netflix. Like chasing shadow monsters, drop-kicking Toadies, and mastering monster-fighting moves like the Naptime Headlock and Playground Punch.

Now, with the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the monsters’ trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world—without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.”

What I Thought- This was a bone-rattling read that did a wonderful job of blending horror elements into a middle-grade action novel. Ballarini focuses mostly on the plot and characters, which are extremely well-written, and only adds in the scary elements to make the story an even more extraordinary read. This means that the book will send shivers down your spine, but is still appropriate for younger readers. The plot is follows realistic progressions and, while being a little predictable at times, kept you reading about the adventures of the babysitters. The thing I found a little odd was that it seemed like Kelly was a little awkward fitting into the “wants to be popular” archetype, because we see several favorable character traits in her that it almost doesn’t make sense that she would originally act like that. Overall, I really enjoyed this spooky book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms! 

Categories: Age 9+

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2 replies

  1. Wow! This sounds like a winner. I love the premise of the story, so thanks for the heads up about this book. Definitely one to keep in mind for my granddaughters. The oldest will turn nine in February!

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