Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: The Royal Babysitters by Clementine Beauvais

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 11th, 2014
Rating: 9/10

Publisher's summary:

Anna and Holly have spotted an advert in the paper for a Holy Moly Holiday – the intergalactic vacation of a lifetime. They simply CAN'T not go. But how will they get enough money? Easy: they'll become royal babysitters for a day. Unfortunately, the girls are in for a shock. Once King Steve and Queen Sheila have left, they discover there isn't just one prince to look after. There are six. And worse, the country's arch enemy, King Alaspooryorick of Daneland, has decided to stage an invasion. Will the girls be able to keep their royal charges safe and still go on their dream holiday?


Holly and Anna need jobs to fund an amazing holiday, which is how they end up babysitting six princes for the King and Queen of Britland. The princes, all now called Bertie because their real names are so ridiculous, are unruly and have a penchant for riding off on naked porcupines, much to Holly and Anna's amusement.

The Royal Babysitters is so funny, well-written and impeccably illustrated. Clémentine Beauvais has a deadpan way with words, while artist Becka Moor has once again proved herself as a top-notch addition to children's illustration (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see a windsurfing starfish). This is a fun, mad story from start to finish, with invasions and robotic mermaids even cropping up here and there. Holly, Anna and Prince Pepino really have their work cut out for them!

This is my favourite kind of 8+ fiction - humorous, illustrated and basically just really, really enjoyable to read. I loved every minute of it and hope Clémentine Beauvais and Becka Moor are planning to work together much more in the future. They make a great team, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Royal Wedding Crashers, which is published in 2015. Yay!

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