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Best Babysitters Ever

(Best Babysitters Ever #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A funny new middle grade series about three 12-year-oldbest friends whostarta babysitting club in their small California town. Perfect for fans of series like Whatever After and the Dork Diaries.

Once upon a time, a girl named Kristy Thomas had a great idea: to form The Baby-Sitters Club with her best friends. And now twelve-year-old Malia Twiggs has had a great idea too.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Once upon a time, a girl named Kristy Thomas had a great idea: to form The Baby-Sitters Club with her best friends. And now twelve-year-old Malia Twiggs has had a great idea too. Technically, she had Kristy’s idea. (And technically, little kids seem gross and annoying, but a paycheck is a paycheck). After a little convincing, Malia and her friends Dot and Bree start a babysitting club to earn funds for an epic birthday bash. But babysitting definitely isn’t what they
Katie Fitzgerald
I requested this ARC mostly because of my own feelings of nostalgia for the original Baby-sitters Club series, and it was fun to see the ways this story paralleled and parodied the stories I enjoyed from that series back in the 1990s. While I'm not sure I'm ready to call '90s literature "vintage," it was interesting to look at the books I grew up with through a more contemporary lens.

That said, I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this book. They all felt like caricatures of
Ms. Yingling
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Malia finds a battered copy of a Baby-Sitters Club book in a giveaway pile, and decides to put the idea into action with her best friends Bree and Dot because "seventh grade was turning out to be all kinds of meh" (from E ARC). She and her friends don't have money to buy anything at the mall, and her long time crush still doesn't know she exists. Some of the people who go to her school are mind-bogglingly rich, and throw epic birthday parties, and she's hoping that if
Book Him Danno
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Girls loved this story and plan to have a review added Further out. Close to the release date.

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the Advance Copy for my honest opinion
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Super fast read. Not as funny as I'd hoped. I think I'd rather re-read the original books and feel nostalgic. Also, none of these characters have diabeetus!
A quirky book for younger readers who enjoy drama, fiasco, and revenge. The writing and characters, to me, lacked depth, but I could see how this could be fun for others. Some situations felt a bit too unbelievable to me (particularly the relationship between Chelsea and Malia, three 12-year-olds babysitting 33 kids, Drake performing in this rich town, and how forgotten Bria felt). I didn't really feel I got to know the three girls, but I don't think I'll want to read the next book in the series ...more
Wendi Lee
Malia, Bree, and Dot have always had a joint birthday party, but this year they’re thinking big! Their other classmates have parties with exotic animals and famous singers. They want something just as memorable. So when Malia finds an old copy of Ann Martin’s The Babysitters’ Club, she establishes her own babysitting club. It doesn’t matter if she and her friends don’t really like little kids, right?

I enjoyed this book, which is a cute homage to the series that was my first bookish fandom (I
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you found an old book called The Babysitters Club? Read it? Sure! Create your own Babysitters Club? Why not? That is exactly what twelve-year-olds Malia, Dot, and Bree do. Babysitting is easy-peasy, right? They soon learn that taking care of little ones is not quite all its cracked up to be. Despite the challenges, they are determined to make money so that they can throw the epic birthday bash. But how will they make money when Malia's older sister steals her idea and their ...more
Ami Michelle
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Once upon a time, a girl named Kristy Thomas had a great idea: to form The Baby-Sitters Club with her best friends. And now twelve-year-old Malia Twiggs has had a great idea too. Technically, she had Kristy’s idea. (And technically, little kids seem gross and annoying, but a paycheck is a paycheck). After a little convincing, Malia and her friends Dot and Bree start a babysitting club to earn funds for an epic birthday bash. But babysitting definitely isn’t what they thought it would be.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Best Babysitters Ever was decidedly not for me. This wasn't a huge shock because a lot of middle grade does read too young for me, which, at age 31, isn't a massive surprise. It says as much or more about me as it does about the book. (I don't think middle grade should be for adults but I like some of it so I keep trying.) TBH I picked this book up for the multiple narrator audio and not the subject matter; sometimes that pans out for me and sometimes, like now, it doesn't.

I'd recommend this to
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Malia, Dot, and Bree need to make some money for an epic joint birthday party. When Malia is inspired by an old paperback in a library discard box, the three turn to babysitting, even though they've never actually done any babysitting, and are not really even sure they like kids. Things start out well enough, until Malia's evil older sister steals their idea and runs with it. Can the three original babysitters get their clients back, or will they lose the babysitting business and their ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute, girly middle grade book about 3 friends, Malia, Dot, and Bree who start a babysitting business to save money for a party they are planning. The business doesn’t exactly go the way they envisioned it. The story wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but it was still entertaining and I think younger middle grade readers would enjoy it as well.
Thank you to HMH Books for young readers and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-recommend, 2019
It was pretty good ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
What happens when a mercenary twelve-year-old sees an old paperback of Kristy's Great Idea at a library book sale? Absolute chaos.

In an effort to reinvent herself and drag along her two best friends, Malia proposes the three of them start a babysitting club to earn some money to throw a joint birthday party that might be able to compete with the lux parties their friends have been throwing instead of the same old picnic they usually do. But it turns out babysitting is actually a lot of work--and
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book is pretty amazing. Recommended for grown-up BSC fans as well as actual kid/tween readers. Great voice, and so funny!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Babysitters follows three characters, Malia, Bree, and Dot as they try their hands at babysitting jobs. The story alternates between all three girls, but Malia is clearly the "main" character. I liked all three girls fairly well, and they all felt distinct. I just wish that we had a bit more time with Bree and Dot because they didn't feel as integral to the story. In most books this wouldn't be a big deal, but this story focuses on all three girls and their relationships with each other. ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am most definitely well past the age of the intended audience for this book ....but when I see a potential gift on Goodreads for one of the kids in my life ...I take a shot at winning.However if I win,as I did in this case ...I read to screen for appropriate content . This will be a future present for my goddaughter . It's a very cute ,clean story ,good for ages 10 -12 . I liked the characters and the lessons they learned.Some topics covered are friendship , responsibility, fitting in ,self ...more
I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. This is a fun, updated take on the Baby-Sitter Club series by Ann M. Martin. Middle school tween readers will definitely be able to relate to idea of trying to make money by babysitting. This is the age when kids want to have their own money and there aren’t that many other money-making opportunities for younger kids.

In this book, Malia, Bree, and Dot have been best friends for years. Now
Jill Jemmett
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book about friendship.

Malia gets the idea to create a babysitting club after reading Kristy’s Great Idea, which is the first book in the Baby-Sitters Club series. I loved that series when I was growing up! This is a great way to update the story for today’s young readers. Even though there are new graphic novel versions of the Baby-Sitters Club books, some of the things in the books are still dated. This story had modern characters, complete with cell phones!

The story was fast
Kelly (purplebookstand)
Ok, so some may ask why a grown woman requested this book, so I’ll tell you!

The Babysitters Club were my favourite books when I was younger. I had sooooo many of them that they dominated my bookshelf. So when I saw that this book was based on my childhood favourites, of course I was going to give it a go!

With this being only a sampler, I obviously haven’t completed the whole book, but what I have read was great!

The story so far introduces us to the three main girls who I assume will start this
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley. This book could not decide what it wanted to be: a parody of the Babysitter's Club? A slapstick comedy? Realistic fiction? A farce? A friendship message? Maybe the problem for me was that it was trying to do too many things at once. For instance, I felt like it was aimed at upper elementary girls, but then why did it use vocabulary like "kickass" and "boobs?"
At times it felt like it was trying to tell a real story, but then there were plot
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved reading the Baby-Sitters Club books, so was looking forwarding to reading this new middle grade book about a girl who decides to start a babysitting club with her friends after reading Kristy's Great Idea. However, this book fell short for me. I did not connect with any of the characters who all seemed to be unrealistic and stereotypical. It was also frustrating to me that the girls didn't really care about babysitting, especially at first. Malia invented her babysitting club because she ...more
Valerie McEnroe
This is a cute nod to The Babysitter's Club books from the 1980s. Malia picks up one of the books from the series and gets the idea to start her own babysitting business with her best friends Dot and Bree. Things get off to a great start, until Malia's older sister decides to start her own business and outcompete them. Determined to get back on top, they expose her sister for the bad babysitter she is. But babysitting isn't as easy as it looks, especially when you have 33 kids to watch at the ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up from 3.5 stars. This middle grade novel features three twelve-year-olds who want to throw a big bash when they turn thirteen. The challenge is paying for it. Malia finds an old book from the first Babysitter's Club series and a light bulb comes on. She convinces her friends Bree and Dot to join her in forming a new babysitter's club. Along the way there are many ups and downs which makes for an entertaining book. One favorite moment is when Bree makes a poster highlighting their first ...more
Nadia L. Hohn
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This middle grade book is fun, upbeat, and so current. Bad Babysitters is Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitters’ Club thirty years later. Bad Babysitters is a hail to the original babysitters’ club set up by Kristie in the original book. (M)Alia decides to form a group with her friends Dot and Brie so that they can raise money to fund their most epic birthday party. This book wins on so many levels. It’s clever, punchy, and the voices of the characters are so distinct. It also deals with themes of ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Best Babysitters Everby Caroline CalaHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book GroupHMH Books for Young ReadersChildren's FictionPub Date 05 Feb 2019I am reviewing Bad Babysitters: Best Babysitters ever through HMH Books for Young Readers and Netgalley:Three twelve year led best friends decide it is time to start a babysitting club in the small California town where they live. The idea comes from Kristy Thomas (from the Original Babysitters Club)Malia Twiggs thought little kids were gross but a ...more
I read this as an E-Arc via NetGalley (thanks NetGalley!).

BAD BABYSITTERS is a really fun book that I think a lot of my students will really enjoy. I like how the three POV characters are very distinct from one another and also unique -- the author does an amazing job with characterization in this story. There were moments in the book I didn't love (the reconciliation scene between the three friends, the family forgetting Bree on her birthday, the inequity between Malia and Chelsea) and some
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In an acknowledged tribute to & update of Ann M. Martin’s classic series, three friends decide that forming a babysitting club is the answer to all their problems- despite the fact that they have no experience at running a business, or aptitude towards children in general. Sibling rivalry, toddlers from Hades, and monetary mismanagements are just a few of the hilarious complications that arise. Fun, fast paced, and perfectly reflective of common tween angst, this will be a hit with
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I added it to my shelf, I checked off 'read' , but I saw one caveat. I've read it 20 times! An awesome book for everyone who likes Raina Telgemeir, or the Baby-Sitters Club. And if you like both, you're in for a treat! In Best Baby-Sitters Ever, Alia has an idea (well technically, she got it from a 30 year old paperback novel) to start a baby sitters club! One problem, she and her friends have no experience what so ever. But it's going great, until an evil sibling smacks their small ...more
It's basically "Not Another Teen Movie," but as a parody of The Baby-Sitters Club.

You have to let a few things go in the name of humor, especially when it comes to Malia's one-dimensional relationship with her parents and sister. Still, this book was super entertaining. There are plenty of little details and character quirks that give this book a bit of depth, and I laughed out loud plenty of times.

Chelsea is the absolute worst. This girl needed her comeuppance.
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Caroline Cala is a writer and editor residing in Brooklyn. She has worked as a book editor and as a ghostwriter on a number of books. Her work has appeared in Vogue, ELLE, Refinery29, and others. Best Babysitters Ever is her debut novel.

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