When nine-year-old Eleanor’s beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.
This is a great book to talk about a friend moving away and working through changes in life for children. I love how simple this book is, written in verse, with short lines and chapters. It’s an easy read and has some drawings along the way, too. Overall, I’d say this book is good, but not great, and I’d mostly recommend it as a fun, easy read and for kids who have a friend move or could use a story about such nice babysitters. :)
Matthew Cordell is author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, winner of the Caldecott Medal, Trouble Gum, Another Brother, hello! hello!, and Wish. He has illustrated the books of renowned authors including Philip Stead (Special Delivery), Rachel Vail (the Justin Case series), and Gail Carson Levine (Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It). He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, the novelist Julie Halpern, and their two children.