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Nanny X

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
What kind of a nanny wears a motorcycle jacket, mirrored sunglasses, and a straw hat with flowers on top? When ten-year-old Ali and eight-year-old Jake find out that an odd woman who calls herself Nanny X is going to care for them, they're worried. They see her speak into a diaper. Even weirder, the diaper actually seems to be answering her. Everything begins to make sense ...more
Hardcover, 106 pages
Published August 31st 2014 by Holiday House (first published July 8th 2014)
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Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I normally like realistic fiction better, but this was written differently. But-who doesn't like books with secret agent nannies and diaper phones?! It's really funny, and the brother and sister interact so normally- Ali, the older sister, has moods and Jake is really silly. When you can relate to a book, you know it's a good one. It just seems like a normal life, and they react to their nanny normally..."what she had was a woman with silver-gray hair, a straw gardening ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: reluctant readers, kids who like detective and adventure stories with humor
This is ridiculous but in an entirely different way from the last book I called ridiculous. That one was stupid.This one is smart. Nanny X is Mary Poppins for the cell phone generation. It also is meant for grades 3-4 and Mary Poppins is solidly grade 5-6. Nannie X (she hasn't given us her real name yet but she likes the letter X since it doesn't get a lot of use) is a member of NAP, Nannies Action Patrol. In other words, they work undercover...although for whom is not mentioned. The kids, Aliso ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
OMG--what could be more fun that a nanny who is a former CIA operative, who talks into a diaper phone and who follows people on a radar-style baby bib? This book is a super hysterical read, from start to finish, told in alternating chapters by a brother and sister. I loved the mystery that involved coconut smoothies and diamonds (shh--not saying any more!). And the bad guys were brilliantly concocted--scary, but not can't-sleep-at-night scary. The interaction between the brother and sister was t ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nanny X is both endearing and laugh out loud funny! Her charges are adorable and well drawn. The fast-paced plot will pull in reluctant readers. Just tell kids that this book has an exploding diaper and a spy. They will eat it up!
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Kinda' weird and not compelling enough to be intriguing even for the intended audience of really young readers.
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Summary- It’s never a good thing when an older woman with a baby bag, a gardening hat, reflective sunglasses, and a leather biker’s jacket shows up at your front doorstep, and your mother introduces her as your new nanny. At the very least, it’s not normal. And when you see her talking into diapers (which reply back?!?!?…) and when she gives you anchovy-and-peanut-butter sandwiches for lunch, you know something’s up (I mean, seriously? Who gives you peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches for lunch ...more
Emmaline MacBeath
Alison, Jake and their baby sister are getting a new nanny. They are very reluctant to make the change, especially when they find anchovies in their lunches which Nanny packed. Jake and Alison don't always get along, but they agree about the fact that things are not looking up for them. They know for sure things have gone south when they see their new nanny talking into a diaper. A diaper! But they soon find out that Nanny is actually working for a secret agency that employs people who work unde ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Ali, and her younger brother Jake realize their new nanny is unlike any other. She wears a motorcycle jacket and aviator sunglasses, topped off with a gardening hat, and her name is Nanny X. Though they are not happy with the school lunches she prepares, they are intrigued that she can seemingly read their minds. They discover that Nanny X is an agent of NAP (Nanny Action Patrol) when she enlists their help to save their park from industrialization and seeks to free their friend who is falsely a ...more
Sara Smith
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-reads
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Dawn Moews
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: n1
This book is an engaging mystery appropriate for readers who are just getting into reading chapter books. The plot is well developed with appropriate twists and turns. The characters, while stereotypical, are fun and their quirks make them seem more real somehow. The occasional references to words in terms of vocabulary study is something I enjoyed. The chapters are short enough for readers who are just starting to develop the stamina necessary to read longer works.

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Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nanny X is a fun adventure romp complete with a nanny who wears a leather motorcycle jacket and mirrored glasses, three children ranging in age from ten to a baby, and chimps working with bad guys. If this sounds bizarre it is, but in the most suspenseful positive way. Within the first day the resistant children meet their strange Nanny, they are swept into a diabolical scheme destined to threaten their lives and the city playground. Surprisingly Nanny a member of NAP has all the super hero gadg ...more
Teresa Bateman
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Ali, Jake, and baby Eliza are not sure what to think of their new nanny. Nanny X is...different, and not on a Mary Poppins sort of way. It turns out she's actually a government agent and the diaper bag contains a plethora of secret devices--exploding diapers, stinkbomb pacifiers, etc.--that help her in her job. Soon the kids are caught up in a coconut attack, the potential razing of the local park for a factory, a tribe of errant monkeys, and an evil villain who must be stopped. This is a fun st ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Jake and Alison are not particularly excited about having a nanny now that their mother is going back to work. When she shows up in mirrored sunglasses and a leather jacket, they are wary. When they find peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches in their lunch, they are disgusted. But when they find out she is actually a member of NAP (Nanny Action Patrol), working undercover to stop crimes, they decide that Nanny X might just be a keeper. Her first day on the job is quite an adventure. Recommended f ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-library
Alison, Jake, and his little sister get a new Nanny known as Nanny X. She does some really freaky things like talking into a diaper and more. Will they find out why she is picked to babysit them and what is going to happen to their park? Read on and find out the answers to these questions yourselves.

This was a pretty good read. If you enjoy these types of reads, then def look for this book at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kiddo, loe
I read this to my class in the last week of school. They chose it from all the Land of Enchantment book nominations that year and quite enjoyed listening. It was a bit silly for grade 5 kids but still entertaining. Coconuts, monkeys as "bad guys" and a secret nanny agency like the FBI... only for nannies. 21 Chapters with a cute simple illustration (like a drawing of a diaper) at the beginning of each chapter.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three children, Alison, Jake and Eliza, ages ten, eight and under two, plus one dog named Yeti are about to get the surprise of their very young lives. The children's mother has taken a new job as an attorney for the law firm of Mathers and Mathers. Their dad works at the Museum of Natural History. Nanny X (Holiday House) written by Madelyn Rosenberg introduces the trio (and us) to a pretty peculiar person hired by their parents.

My full recommendation:
Sarah Hay
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: j
When their mom goes back to work Jake and Ali get a new nanny. But, Nanny X as she calls herself does not appear to be a typical nanny. She packs anchovies for lunch, wears a motorcycle jacket, and speaks to diapers.
Good for ages 9-12. Told from the perspective of both kids, Jake occasionally throws in a few vocabulary words.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Humorous tale of the new nanny who is more than an offbeat, no-nonsense nanny. This one talks into diapers and helps her wards protect the local park from ne'er-do-well developers.
Reading level 4th grade.
Jill Cd
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute story not unlike Mary Poppins but with a twist. I can see my students in grades 3-4 enjoying this.
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fun book. I feel the plot could have been better developed if the author had added length to the novel, but perhaps she will do that in the future installments.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute, quick read. Great characters and storyline. Perfect for reluctant readers looking for some fast-paced adventure.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Eh- not that well done. I think kids would like the story, a nanny that is a spy trying to take down the bad guy.
Butch Lazorchak
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful spy tale! Soon to be a major motion picture(?)
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moo, Sweet Cow is my new favorite book ever.
Maria Waltner
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really amusing. Probably best for kids in the 3 - 5 grade level.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cute and easy to read.
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