Max & Ruby and the Babysitting Squad – Rosemary Wells

   Max & Ruby and the Babysitting Squad – Rosemary Wells, A Paula Wiseman Book, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 9781534463288, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Books

 What did you like about the book? I have a soft spot for the Max & Ruby books just because they are such sweet stories and really seem to appeal to many young children. In this story, Ruby and her friend Louise have created a babysitting squad–advertising that they are professional and bonded. Of course, Max wants to join, but they said this club is just for them. Besides, he is not a professional nor is he bonded. Ruby and Louise get their first customer when Mrs. Wardropper wants them to babysit Percy. They arrive at the Wardropper’s house with Max in tow. Ruby and Louise tell him to stay out of the way and play in the backyard with his construction toys.  You almost know there is going to be some sort of trouble when Percy answers the door in a skunk costume. The girls get right to work offering suggestions of things Percy might like to do–play a game or build a castle. But Percy says that skunks do not do any of these things and he sneaks off into a hiding place. Now the girls are really worried–they have lost their first customer!. As it turns out, Percy is hiding in the attic and he happens to look out the attic window and sees Max playing with a bulldozer in the dirt. That looks much more interesting to Percy and he comes out of hiding–not to play games or build a castle, but to dig in the dirt with Max. As it turns out, Max was the one to entertainPercy.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of four and seven years old, especially if they are fans of Max & Ruby (either through the books or the TV shows).

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and eight years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: December 5, 2020

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