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Geraldine and Mrs. Duffy
Keller, Holly.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Geraldine and her little brother Willy try to pull pranks on their new babysitter.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 44254.

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Geraldine and Willy do not want Mrs. Duffy to baby-sit for them. So when she arrives, they arrange a surprise or her. Almost anyone would find the sight of a large iguana in the bathtub unnerving.

But Mrs. Duffy surprises them. And at the end of the evening the two troublemakers surprise themselves by hoping Mrs. Duffy will come and baby-sit again soon!

Author Notes

Holly Keller is the author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books for young children including the Horace books, Farfallina and Marcel, Help!, and Grandfather's Dream. She has also illustrated over twenty nonfiction titles written by others including the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series. She won the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Little pig Geraldine returns with younger brother, Willy, to face a new babysitter. The kids aren't crazy about the idea, and Willy especially makes a fuss when Mrs. Duffy arrives. Geraldine tells Mrs. Duffy that she can calm the situation, but her prank solution is to take their pet iguana, Jerome, out of his tank and put him in the bathtub with Willy. Mrs. Duffy is properly horrified when she spots Jerome, and more so when he escapes. But she shows her stuff when it comes time to rescue Jerome from his hiding place, winning the affection of her charges. Keller's familiar pen-and-watercolor artwork catches the humor of a familiar family situation--we don't like the babysitter. Because of Keller's simple style, some may at first think that Jerome is a stuffed animal; the ensuing pandemonium will quickly clue them in. Especially for fans of Geraldine and Willy. Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The little pig is growing up and dealing with a new problem in true "Geraldine" style. Here, she must face a new baby-sitter, Mrs. Duffy. The night is off to a bad start when her younger brother cries and hides in the closet. The feisty little heroine takes matters into her own hands and convinces Willy to unleash the family's pet iguana and put it in the bath with them. Even when it gets loose, Mrs. Duffy gets onlya little flustered, and her patience and quiet forgiveness finally win the siblings over. Like floral wallpaper in a warm kitchen, soft reoccurring patterns throughout the pages give the story a cozy feeling. Most children will relate to the anxiety associated with being left in the care of someone new, and who better to help them ease the transition than this hilarious, endearing piglet who, in the end, always does the right thing. Another gem from an author/artist who truly understands children.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.