Margaret J. McMaster Releases Newest Book: Babysitter Out of Control

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Eight-year-old Stewart imagines a weekend of freedom and mischief when he meets Mrs. Chairbottom. She's the ancient-looking babysitter his parents hired to stay at his house while they're away on business at a convention.

What a surprise Stewart gets! He quickly discovers that he needs to keep all his youthful wits about him just to keep up with the absent-minded Mrs. Chairbottom and her pet parrot, Petey. Both of them, it turns out, are addicted to television's Home Shopping Channel.

Although Stewart has learned many things from his detective parents, and he and his best friend, Henry, do everything that eight-year-olds can think of to overcome the sitter's well-meaning, but disastrous, antics, the whole situation eventually gets totally out of control. The babysitter is supposed to be looking after Stewart, but who, exactly, is looking after the babysitter?

All of this mayhem forms the core of Margaret J. McMaster's latest illustrated children's publication, Babysitter Out of Control. It's a delightful work -- lovingly illustrated by Mike Motz -- and a perfect follow-up to her most recent publication, Carried Away on Licorice Days.

In Babysitter Out of Control, McMaster blends a fine story-telling touch with her trademark breezy writing style. She tells the wild-and-crazy story of Stewart, Mrs. Chairbottom and Petey the parrot in such a way that the reader is left to wonder what might be coming next. There's only thing the reader can be sure of -- Stewart's Mom and Dad will come home to find their once-immaculate household in total disarray.

That's precisely the appeal of Babysitter Out of Control. There's no way to know what's coming next -- and that's what makes this colourful work such a light-hearted page-turner. It's a marvellous gift for the young reader in your life, something to put a smile on the face of everyone in the family.

Margaret J. McMaster is a Canadian author, whose non-fiction work After All These Years was short-listed for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation literary award in 2006. She is also a past contributor to The Canadian Children's Annual.

Babysitter Out of Control
by Margaret J. McMaster
ISBN: 9780981052502

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