In The Bad Babysitter: Brad whines. He fights. He does terrible things with his boogars.
Andrew is tired of his little brother. But when their family moves to the strange city of Chills Hills and Brad goes to a new babysitter, he comes back . . . different. Almost robotic. All he wants to do now is chores and homework.
Mom and Dad think he’s just growing up. But Andrew knows something is very wrong, and it all started on that day at Mrs. Dritch’s house. There is dark magic at work here. His investigation leads him closer and closer to the truth . . . but also into the heart of danger. – Goodreads
Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter Review
Moving to a new place is hard for any kid, and that’s when everything is normal! But it’s obvious from the first time Andrew sees Chills Hills that something isn’t quite right with this new town. From the pumpkins festooning the streets (in June!), to the mysterious ooze in his science class, nothing is quite right. Nothing, that is, except for his bratty younger brother. But then, even that changes after a Brad stays with a new babysitter. Andrew wants his brother back, not this perfect angel that has somehow taken his place.
Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter was a great start to a supernatural mystery series for kids. Its aimed at beginning chapter readers. I would say the 6-9 age range would really enjoy it. It’s well laid out with an easy to understand story and simple concepts. It’s 190 pages, but reads so easily that advanced readers will zoom right through it. The climax is a simple one with a dash of mystery, and the hero accepting his fate but valiantly trying to save others. All in all, it’s a fairly classic formula, but one that is well executed and enjoyable to read.
As with most kids books, the parents don’t really figure into the story much. It’s a case of earnest kids against a ‘big bad’. There’s the understanding but slightly eccentric uncle figure (which in this case is a science teacher) that gives Andrew the validation he needs. The friends he finds that quickly make it clear that things really are strange in Chills Hills. There’s even the token bully that almost every school kid can relate to. And, of course, the annoying younger brother. I think boys or girls with younger siblings can definitely appreciate Andrew’s situation in Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter. Even single children will still get sucked into it, though.
It’s not quite R.L. Stine level creepy, but a good start in that direction. I definitely recommend it. Chillz Hillz #1: The Bad Babysitter is available on Amazon.