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Recap #16: Baby-Sitter 1: The Baby-sitter by R.L. Stine

The Babysitter by R. L. Stine
The Babysitter by R. L. Stine

Title: The Baby-sitter by R.L. Stine (Book 1 Baby-sitter Series)

Summary: An innocent baby-sitting job turns into a nightmare when Jenny discovers she’s the next victim of a crazed attacker.

Oh, good, our counts are starting early.

Mental health: with tact and sensitivity: 1 (Essentially, “crazy” is a blanket term for a bad person with no qualms about killing anyone and everyone. Often because they are “crazy”. Because that’s how mental health works.)

I am so looking forward to this book, can you tell?

Tagline: Every step she takes, he’ll be watching.

Bursts into song.

The Baby-Sitter by R L Stine - Scan by Mimi
The Baby-Sitter by R L Stine – Scan by Mimi

Note: I will use “Bad Guy” throughout my reviews to refer to the anonymous killer/prankster/whatever. Doesn’t mean it’s a guy. Also doesn’t mean it’s ever successful at killing/pranking/whatevering.

[Updated 14 Feb 2017: For a different perspective on this book, check out the Super Serials podcast episode. We are not affiliated with the podcast. And updated 10 March 2017: For yet another perspective, check out the Teen Creeps podcast episode.]

Initial Thoughts:

I know I’ve read this series before, but I absolutely cannot remember anything about it, not even whether I hated it or just felt meh. That’s a great sign.

[Dove: I hated it, I know that much. As a side note, it has been so long since we did one of these, I had to look up what format my comments go in.]

[Wing: Yes, yes, I’m a terrible slacker. It’s all my fault.]

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The Book Exchange

The Book Exchange

Dove: So, we’ve been doing some housekeeping and found we have duplicate books. Ordinarily, I take my duplicate and/or unwanted books to charity shops. However, I can’t deal with going into a charity shop, lighting up with joy at the sight of Point Horrors, only to be crushed with the realisation that they used to belong to me. Also, we own a site about Point Horrors, so it makes sense to offer a book exchange. I, Dove, am in the UK, Wing is in the USA. So you are limited by which country you’re in as to who you can deal with.

So, move to the correct section.

UK Only – Dove’s Books

I will happily swap any books you want – our list of books we currently own can be found here. Or, far be it from me to deny someone the PH love, if you want to send me postage, I’ll send them to you. If you write me a whimsical rhyme in the style of PH, I’ll send you any book you want. Wing is under no obligation to follow the same rules. Especially because she hates the whimsical rhymes.

All books are readable. These are not fine quality books, they are old. They have been in bags, some have even been to Austria and had Ribena spilled all over them.

Conditions:

  • Pretty Good: Not pristine, but as good as you’ll get with second-hand books that are nearly two decades old. No broken spines, only light wear on cover.
  • Fair: Scratching on cover, page corners/edges worn by use.
  • Not Great: This book has been treated badly – e.g. broken spine, ragged cover, light tearing (not necessarily all at once). It is still readable.

Once again: None of these books is pristine. Click the picture below to see full size.

Dove's Book Swapsies
Dove’s Book Swapsies

Funhouse by Diane Hoh

Condition: Not Great. Worn on spine and front cover. Fold on front cover.

The Fever by Diane Hoh

Condition: Fair. Wearing on front cover, but largely good, corners of pages are not particularly worn. Light scratching on front and back cover.

The Invitation by Diane Hoh

Condition: Not Great. Worn on spine and front cover. Spine broken. Scratches on cover. Slightly warped, from either bad storage or damp. Or both, possibly. Who knows?

The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Condition: Not Great. Worn on spine and front cover, colours on cover faded. Second-hand when I got it. Stickers on the spine. “Property of Sackville School” stamped on page edges. (Also, contains a scribbly bit of paper in my handwriting which contains the lyrics to “Shitlist” by L7. I will most probably remove that before shipping. Unless you want that too? Makes sense, threatening words inside a book about killing people?)

The Mall (two copies) by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Condition: One is Pretty Good, the other is Not Great. The Not Great one has a broken spine.

The Train by Diane Hoh

Condition: Pretty good. Wearing on front cover, but largely good, corners of pages are not particularly worn.

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Condition: Fair. Worn on spine and front cover.

Nightmare Inn, Room 13 and The Pool (3-in-1)

Condition: Fair. Worn on spine and front cover. (not pictured)

USA Only – Wing’s Books

[Wing will complete this later.]