Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review: Isabella Babysits Baxter

I'd like to introduce you to a great new book! I received a free copy (pdf version) for the purpose of reading and writing an honest review. So here are my thoughts, ready or not...

Isabella Babysits Baxter

Quick Overview:  When Isabella's energetic pup gets into trouble, Isabella's mom asks her to babysit Baxter while Mom wraps up her work. Isabella is delighted! She soon learns though that babysitting isn't exactly all fun and games, especially when your charge has four legs and boundless energy. But she and Baxter make a great team, and even learn a few things along the way.

This story is a fun read for just about any kid, but especially a youngest child. Imaginative and fun, but relatable with activities young children really would come up with if they were in charge for an afternoon.

The pictures are great in their simplicity, but excellent attention to detail with the kind of things my daughter notices, like Isabella's laces on the page where she is dancing, and plenty of pink and purple throughout, especially the paw prints. As a mom of an autistic child, we draw attention to facial expressions in just about everything we read in order to help her make the connections to emotions, and the variety of expressions in this book are clear, wonderful, and realistic.

I personally was hoping the mom would find them napping, wiped out from their adventures and surrounded by their favorite stories, but that's probably just my own fantasy of having a three year old that actually naps trying to live vicariously through fiction.

Really, a super cute story. Definitely one I can recommend adding to your reading list. And I hope we get to join Isabella and Baxter on another adventure soon!

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