Maybe they should have started with the helping out at a special event rather than go straight to the babysitting (for actual babies!). Wasn't that how they started with Mallory? She helped out at the playgroup (for free). By the way, how do you charge for a magic show in an open public area??
I don't understand why they would even want to babysit. There are plenty of other stuff they could have done that requires less responsibility. And why did the BSC have to remind them that they sometimes sat for 10 year olds? Couldn't they just say, remember last week when I was cleaning up your mess? Jordan likes diapers and Byron likes baby formula. Umm.
Why did the trip have to be exactly 50 students, no more no less? How hard would it be to take a couple more? I guess Dawn should thank Kristy and Mallory for not going. Is Anna just permanently stuck to her violin? She never seems to factor in at all.
"What special time is coming up?" "Your birthday?" "Slightly less special," Kristy replied. "The Fourth of July!"
Hee, yes, Kristy. The founder of the BSC is way more special than the founding of the country. Not to mention they skipped right over Father's Day again.
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Post by imxlennysxmom on Jun 13, 2006 23:36:35 GMT -5
In a nutshell, Dawn is home for a vacation during the summer months. Jordan, Adam, Byron, and Jeff have all decided they want to baby-sit, so the BSC takes them on as BITs (Baby-sitters In Training), meaning each of the boys goes along with an older sitter on a job (I believe Adam went with Stacey and brought her flowers... Jeff (?) accompanied a sitter to the Prezziosos'... or something like that).
At the same time, sign-ups are being held for the SMS trip to Hawaii (Super Special #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters!). 50 students can come, and there is an SMS student list and a non-student list, which will only be tapped if less than 50 SMS students sign up/pay their deposit on time. Of course, only ONE non-student can go, and it just HAPPENS to be Dawn.
^Dude, really. I mean I have no real problem with Dawn, but my next book after this one is Mary Anne to the Rescue, which starts out with Dawn coming back for the summer AGAIN. It was like, didn't I JUST read about this?? She's gotta come back every 10 books now and pretend it's still the same year? She must be racking up some major frequent flyer miles. Not to mention all the parties and presents she gets every time she comes and goes from each coast.
Post by booboobrewer on Jun 14, 2006 3:07:02 GMT -5
Re: Father's Day... so true, I can't think of a book where something special was done for the dads.
Thought this was one was lame on all kinds of levels, but the most obvious being we're already forced to cope with the whole eleven year olds sitting for ten year olds deal, and now we have a trio of ten year olds sitting for nine and eight year olds. And babies. Siiigh.
Something else that bugged: the book is dedicated to a Livi Becker, and she's mentioned for like, a second in the book, with no reason for being included other than that the book was of course dedicated to her. The way it was written was awkward.
Post by booboobrewer on Jun 15, 2006 1:40:18 GMT -5
^Just a random kid getting her face painted or something at the 4th of July party. Was weird to me because she was distinctly pointed out (because of her "beaming in anticipation"), but has never been sat for, I'm assuming, and was just stuck on the end of a paragraph. Not that they can't know the names of kids they'd never sat for, but whatever.
I remember the Abby and Anna contest too, and wondered how the winner(s) had been worked into a subsequent book as well.
Post by lovelylemontree on Jun 15, 2006 1:44:47 GMT -5
Just a random kid getting her face painted or something at the 4th of July party. Was weird to me because she was distinctly pointed out (because of her "beaming in anticipation"), but has never been sat for, I'm assuming, and was just stuck on the end of a paragraph. Not that they can't know the names of kids they'd never sat for, but whatever.
I'd be pretty pissed if I won the contest and got some kind of lame, tacked on mention like that.
I have to say, I kind of adore Richard in this book as he and Jeff tell each other horrible jokes. Maybe it's because my dad is also a geeky lawyer, so I think I'm more sympathetic to Richard than some other readers--and I totally hear my dad in Richard's formal set-up and delivery. "A colleague of mine told me an amusing knock-knock joke the other day. . ." Seriously, though, I find it adorable when Richard tries so hard to be nice to Dawn and Jeff, especially because Jeff is so frequently a brat when he's forced to spend time in Conneticut.
Other than that, the plot is really dumb--especially since it seems to be in dead earnest that there's some kind of big "jump" between ten and eleven. (Actually, one of the things I found moderately realistic is in one of the early books--before Jeff goes back to California--is that he's allowed to stay at home by himself during the day time and only gets a sitter at night, since I think most kids have a sort of "transition" period like that). And the Byron drinking baby formula is just gross--every brand I've ever mixed up for a baby smells so awful I can't imagine a non-infant letting it get within an inch of his mouth.
Another dumb thing is Dawn going on and ON about it being so stupid that Jeff brings rubber gloves to wear when he has to change diapers. I mean, maybe it's a tad OCD, but it's not THAT crazy--I think in some, if not all hospitals, it's required! Of course, I wasn't sure if it meant actually latex-type gloves, or possibly that he stole Richard's dishwashing mitts or something, but seriously, chill out, Dawn.
And then when she freaks out that she's going to destroy Jeff psychologically for all time when she has to fire them, it's pretty awesome. For someone so "laidback," girl brings the melodrama!