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For Jenny, baby-sitting is like one bad dream after another. From her first job at the Hagen sitting jobs she takes haunted by someone evil, calling her on phone... trying to scare her... to death....

Title : The Babysitter
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ISBN : 9780812482591
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 167 Pages
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The Babysitter Reviews

  • Shannon
    2019-03-29 10:04

    I found the books in this mini-series for cheap at Half Price and decided to read them now that I have all of them. This was just an 'ok' R.L. Stine book. It was creepy, but nowhere near the best I've read. I actually liked the cast of characters. Jenny was a fun main character and I liked how she was always so paranoid about things going on. It reminded me of myself, since I have an overactive imagination. The little boy Donny that she babysat was meh. He got on my nerves a bit and made me remember why I never wanted to watch other people's kids. I had a love-hate relationship with Chuck. At times, he was cute and I felt bad that Jenny was being mean and rejecting him. Then, there were times where I wanted to punch him in the face for being obnoxious and I didn't blame Jenny for getting irritated at him.The buildup of suspense with the creepy phonecalls and stuff was really good, but the ending was what killed it for me. I just didn't like it much and I felt kind of let down. I wish that there would have been more of an explanation about (view spoiler)[The Hagans backstory, what exactly happened to their baby (hide spoiler)]. I finished reading the last page, and I was like, 'Really? That's it?'. I also couldn't believe that (view spoiler)[Mrs. Hagan knew her husband was unstable and beat their last babysitter to a bloody pulp, yet she still thinks it's ok for him to be driving Jenny home (hide spoiler)].

  • Tania (Real-Listen-Feel)
    2019-04-24 09:49

    3.5 stars Chronique à venir...

  • Nessell Axtell
    2019-04-07 08:46

    The Babysitter, is about a young babysitter who discovers she is the next victim of a notorious babysitter attacker. The ending will shock you and leave you afraid to stay alone  It was a great book, so good I just couldn't put it down and wanting to know what happens next! I would definitely recommend it to girls that are a fan of thriller books. This book gets a bit scary at the end; impossible to guess, I wasn’t expecting it! If you read this book you might want to read The Babysitter 2 and The Babysitter3.

  • Lindsey
    2019-04-14 03:56

    I used to love these books and I was so excited to find this at a used book store and take a walk down memory lane. Unfortunately, all I could think was "who in the world can afford a babysitter twice a week?"

  • Elisabeth
    2019-03-28 03:02

    i could not put this book down. from begining to end it kept me hooked. i couldnt wait to see what would happen to the main characters. its as if their fears were my fears!

  • Louise
    2019-04-03 04:09

    3/5 Good short horror :)

  • Liliana
    2019-03-26 01:54

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a BookThe Babysitter was a pretty good book, overall. I was a big fan of the classic premise—recent attack on babysitters... OMG is Jenny next?!—and mystery of it all. I was also imagining Jenny babysitting on Fear Street, because that would just be the perfect setting for this! But alas, this is not a Fear Street book.I loved Jenny and her super overactive imagination! It was just so fun to be inside her head and see how her mind worked as she came up with all these insane scenarios. For example, before her first night of babysitting, she was freaking out a bit because she didn’t know the family. I mean, what if the kid was a monster, what if the parents are weird, what if the family is in some secret cult and when Jenny finds out they lock her up in the basement for the rest of her life so she can’t tell anyone?! What if the house is haunted by a ghost girl trapped in the attic and Jenny accidentally sets her free then the ghost inhabits her body and is never the same again?! Seriously, these were the things going through her head and I totally loved it!And then we have Chuck, who is relatively new in town, and a potential love interest for Jenny. Initially, I actually liked him because he was just really funny and an overall fun guy. But then he pulled an awful prank on Jenny that was totally NOT funny! What a jerk!But overall, I really enjoyed the read! It had a really creepy atmosphere and tons a tension with the creepy calls and threats. As for the mystery behind these threats, well, I had an idea, but the reveal still got me. This character was super weird to begin with, but damn, I didn’t know how off the rails this person was! It has an insane ending but I just don’t know how Jenny didn’t see it sooner!I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, because apparently, these horrible babysitting experiences aren’t over for Jenny just yet. Poor Jenny...

  • Kyley
    2019-04-03 07:58

    Read this during Halloween because I wanted something a little spooky! I was let down a little because I was expecting this to be a lot creepier than it was, but it was still a quick fun read!I didn't like the main character at all. She was really annoying and was kissing a guy that she thought could be her stalker... Who does that??Nothing really happened until the last 25 pages and I didn't like the way it ended.I was thinking of giving it a lower rating but I didnt, due to the fact that I did enjoy the writing style! I just wish the story would have been more put together.

  • Zi Lin Li
    2019-04-13 02:13

    Scared to DeathThe Babysitter Scholastic, 1989, pg 167, $5.99 R.L. Stine ISBN: 0439992494 Ever have you imagine being a babysitter could change your life? Not all babysitters are happy about their job. Jenny, a normal high school student, was accepted to a babysitting job. Jenny thought that babysitting was not hard, but she was wrong. It changed her life.The Babysitter, the name of this book, is written by R. L. Stine. R. L. Stine is one of the famous writers that wrote Goosebumps. His writing contains lots of scary events and characters. On Jenny’s first day of babysitting Danny, she receives lots of weird phone calls that were scary. She felt scared and she wanted to know who is all behind this prank. Day after day of babysitting, Jenny kept on receiving the strange phone calls again and again. Will this mysterious person show it’s true identity to Jenny or scares her to death? Jenny is a courageous person. Even though the phone calls are still hunting her, Jenny shows her courage that she wants to keep her babysitting job and find that person who is behind all of it. When I read this book, I couldn't keep on eyes off it. It was so interesting that I finish reading the whole book during one day. It was amazing and the suspense was wonderful. I recommend this book to teenagers that are 12 and older and also someone that likes mysteries and suspense. Read this book and I bet you that you won’t be able to put the book down afterwards.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-28 03:45

    Jenny Jeffers is a fifteen-year-old, who is interested in making some extra cash as a babysitter. She keeps a six-year-old named Donny Hagen from jumping into the fountain at the mall, and this catches the attention of his parents. Also, Donny becomes fond of Jenny, so they request that she babysits him. When she arrives at the house, she notices that there are only three houses in the neighborhood and the Hagens' house looks very old and creepy. To strengthen her fear, she hears disturbing news about a babysitter's attack. This happens to be the third occurrence. On top of that, she begins to hear strange noises in the house, receives strange visits from the next door neighbor, and gets threatening phone calls. The caller says, “Company’s coming and then the fun will start.” In Mr. Hagen’s closet, Jenny discovers newspapers where the names of the attacked babysitters have been highlighted. There are so many unexpected twists and turns that are guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats and anxious to see what unfolds on the next page. I have never been a fan of horror movies or books, but this story was quite entertaining.

  • Hew France
    2019-04-24 07:09

    Not a bad like teen thriller. In a pre-Fear Street, pre-Goosebumps world, this was an interesting read. The only thing stopping it from being a 4 is the ending, which I felt was a bit rushed. It would have also had been nice if the reader were given now clues as to who the murder was earlier in the book. Nothing too obvious, just enough for the attentive to pick up on. Stine had this same problem in his newest Fear Street book, Party Games. Still, a fun, enjoyable read. Worth your time.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-19 09:52

    (Source: I own a copy of this book.)I haven’t read this book in years, but for some reason I felt like giving it a read. It wasn’t one of my favourites when I was younger, but I still had it!I liked the beginning of this book better than the end. It started out okay, and had a few creepy moments, but as it went on not enough happened and it started to drag.I didn’t guess who the killer was, but it wasn’t all that big of a surprise. Overall; an okay read, but it dragged.6 out of 10.

  • Gayle Noble
    2019-04-25 02:02

    Jenny takes a babysitting job on the other side of town. The actual job isn't bad, but when she starts receiving threatening telephone calls, Jenny wonders if the reported attacks on local babysitters are related. Not my favourite Point Horror book but it was OK. You actually remember how old these books actually are when they start mentioning Walkmans and watching videotapes.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-24 10:14

    I'm going to give this one four stars just because of nostalgia. R.L Stine does an effective job of creating a creepy atmosphere--a young girl babysitting in a rundown Victorian mansion on the other side of town with no neighbors, a precocious blond child who enjoys spooking his sitter, a neighbor that is skulking around the premises. This is an easy, quick read that would be good to introduce tweens to horror, as I was introduced long ago.

  • Antony Javier
    2019-03-26 07:59

    I found this book to be interested the crazy father,the really nice wife,the werid and fun child,the babysitter,and the very weird and silent neighbors,but I found this book to be interesting and quite boring here's why I think this and why I say this.This book is about the story of a teenager who goes to babysit a child named Donny Hagen who was the child of Mr and Mrs Hagen in the story they accept the babysitter which is Jenny who babysits Donny but there’s been news about someone going to people’s houses and murderers the babysitters,but never found the bodies.This book had a lot of good mystery,scary,funny,and serious moments which I think every book should,but this book is probably one the the best book R.L Stine had made in his many years of books.In my opinon they should have made some changes in the book there was a part when the creepy neighbor of the Hagen was acutally a undercover cop who was trying to figure out who was the murder and wont you beileve it it was Mr.Hagen he never knew it was him until he saw Mr.Hagen trying to kill Jenny from the top of the really big hole in the road.My favorite character in the book was Donny he was a great person in the book a weird,crazy,blonde little kid who loved all his babysitters and parents to,but there was a twist I thought he was a lonely child turns out he had a sister who died but no one knew who did it Mr Hagen thought it was the babysitter so he decided to kill every babysitter they hired but Mrs Hagen didn’t even know about it so that surprised me even more.The author could have had some more mystery and scary moments in the book there was barely any in there and I also think he should have made the characters more interesting and add more to the story.This book was alright in my opinion although they should had add more characters to make the story even more terrifying than it is now sure it good how it is but it would be more good with more serious noises or phones call or scary house.I don't know much about writing a book,but I have to stay this author has encouraged me to read more of his books and I love his books they're amazing you should check them out too sometime.

  • Sati Marie Frost
    2019-04-17 02:53

    This is one of the books that I always think of as the flagship stories for Point Horror. It is perhaps the most famous of the PH titles. It's an odd book for me - in my head it's long and epic, and when I start reading I'm surprised at how quickly it goes by.Jenny's just started a new babysitting job, for an adorable, if overly mischievous, kid. The house is a creepy old mansion, but she adores the child. Then she starts getting phone calls - "Hi Babes. Are you all alone? Don't worry, company's coming..."I've never found this series of books particularly scary, but more comfortable in a sort of middle-America way. Aside from a couple of startling places, the horror doesn't really begin until the last fifteen or twenty pages. I think that's what I liked about it, really - phone calls (which could have been pranks) aside, this book could easily have ended differently, with nothing being wrong at all. It's more psychological thriller than horror, and that's a nice change. I appreciate the subtlety - particularly considering this is coming from R.L. Stine, who is often too graphic for my tastes.Jenny is an appealing character, as is Donny Hagen, her babysitting charge. The rest of the characters are basically non-entities, only there to interact with Jenny. The plot is simple, straightforward, and works well. It's not a 4-star for me, but certainly a high 3, for a quick, fun read.Verdict: A simply-written psychological thriller that makes a quick, pleasant read.

  • Austa Knutson
    2019-04-06 04:10

    Jenny is a high-school girl who takes on a new baby-sitting job with the Hagens, a family who newly moved into the town. As she begins her regular biweekly care of mischievous six-year-old Donny, mysterious and unsettling things begin happening: she is the target of weird phone calls, creepy messages, and suspicious behaviors. Mr. Hagen is a high-strung father who has difficulty trusting her, the neighbor Willers seems to always be sneaking around the house at night, the new boy and potential love interest Chuck is a prankster with perhaps darker intentions, and Jenny has difficulty deciding who she can trust. A string of baby-sitting assaults that plague the area set her on edge and she must be prepared to face the murderer and survive. While this book was a good quick read, I found Jenny's reactions and feelings way overly-simplified and dramatic. She didn't seem like a very real, reasonable teenage girl to me. I was admittedly a little scared while reading--there are many jumpy moments and places where tension builds--but in most cases it's possible to pretty easily predict what's coming. The parents' reactions to certain creepy events don't make logical sense and seem incongruent with their characters towards the end, and for not knowing whether or not Chuck is a murderer, she sure is dumb for continually letting down her guard with him. But all-in-all if you want a fun, pretty creepy read, I'd give this a shot.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-08 03:46

    You can tell this is early days for Stine! But it was suitably creepy.14 year old me would have died reading this on a stormy night.

  • Chelsea Gouin
    2019-04-21 06:06

    Re-Read. R.L Stine was a reading staple amongst my middle school friends, we just couldn't read them fast enough. Re-reading the Baby-Sitter wasn't a disappointment as I feared it would be. A bit outdated, it still had elements of creepiness and chills.Jenny has an active imagination and is more than a little paranoid. She lands a babysitting job after saving a little boy from jumping into a mall fountain. The family lives a long bus drive away in a creepy old house. To make things worse, there have been reports of babysitters getting attacked. Then Jenny gets a chilling phone call saying, "Company's coming". She thinks it's Chuck, the class clown that has a crush on her, or perhaps the neighbor that's been lurking around claiming to see someone one the property.I think the reason why this book still gives chills is that the subject matter is relate-able. It's hard to keep your mind from wandering and twisting shadows or mislabeling noises while alone at night. Of course, with caller ID and cell phones, the plot of this particular novel would be quite different. The ending was still a twist that was quite perfectly written if a bit rushed. Fans will remember this one. Recommended for middle grade-early high school.

  • Kyra
    2019-04-24 07:03

    This book was a very good book, but in some parts seem to be a little sketchy. This is a horror book with a lot mystery and supisous behavior. Even though i enjoed this book a lot I wasn't to upset when it ended, but the ending was quite a surprize. This book takes place in mostly a scary house on the other side of her town. A fifteen year old girl named Jenny was trying to earn some money to help out her, and her mom. she meets a nice family at the mall when she catches a kid about to dive into a fountian. The boys parents then offered her a baby-sitting job on the other side of town, and jenny was hesitant at first but finally excepted the job. She gets to their house later than expected and finds her self in an old, non-renovated, creaky house. there were reports of baby-sitters getting attacked and beaten in the night. will jenny survive the two nights a week? read the baby-sitter to find out what happens next! this book was exciting at most parts but then a little dull at others. this book was kind of scary but in a thrilling way. i would recommned this book to anyone who loves to read horror stories but a little less extream!

  • Georgina Merry
    2019-03-28 06:50

    Admittedly, my first reading of this was as an adult. Perhaps as a teen I would have enjoyed it more. Jenny is not a particularly likeable character. It's clear that the intention is to make her appear demure but instead she comes across as superficial and morally weak. Kissing someone that you think is tormenting you in malicious mystery phone calls, to me, is bizarre. In terms of plot, the tension is built with a heavy reliance on Jenny crapping her pants at absolutely everything. This is all before she even recieves the first scary phone call. This struck me as a little weak. The idea of a stalker who calls you and knows where you are is scary enough; properly executed, the tension almost builds itself. I bought this as a collection of the first three Babysitter books, so I am compelled to read the rest. Maybe it gets better?

  • Aurora Dimitre
    2019-03-27 10:11

    This is my guilty pleasure type of read; young adult horror from the late 20th century, with dumb plot twists and everything, and honestly, there was no way I wasn't going to love this. Though there were a few things that made this a tiny bit more enjoyable than usual for me:1) Jenny was a super relatable main character.&2) Chuck wasadorableand such a weird guy, in a class clown kind of way, but also super shy, and that's honestly my actual type, so he was great. And, as always, it kept me guessing as to who the actual bad guy was, which was absolutely fantastic. So much fun.

  • Michael
    2019-03-31 06:56

    Teenager Jenny Jeffers has just found herself a new job, a twice-a-week evening gig sitting for the Hagans after a chance encounter at the local mall. It's just what she needs: autumn's arrived, the weather's turning nasty so outdoor activities are pretty much out, and she can use the money she earns to help her mother with the bills. It doesn't hurt that little Donny is fun to be around and cute as a button."Hi, Babes."Not everything is ideal though. For one thing, the Hagans have just bought an old home on the far side of town, meaning a long bus ride for Jenny to get out there, and an equally long car ride home from Mr. Hagan every night when they return. The family's working on renovating the place, but they're far from finished, leaving much of the house creepy, creaky, and darker than Jenny might like."Are you all alone?"Jenny's always had an overactive imagination, and it's gotten her into trouble in the past, but when the phone calls start, not even she can deny something weird is going on. Who's the mysterious caller who seems to know her every move, who phones her up after Donny's in bed to taunt her in a sinister, raspy whisper?"Are you all alone in that big old house?"Jenny's new crush Chuck is quite the practical joker, and he knows her schedule, but he swears it's not him. The Hagans' creepy next door neighbor has certainly been keeping an eye on the place, but every time Jenny confronts him, he tells her he's just watching for prowlers. Is Jenny's over-active imagination working overtime to entertain a harmless telephone prankster as the police suspect, or has she caught the attention of the same maniac who's been attacking babysitters all over town?"Well, don't worry, Babes. Company's coming."The Hagans always tell Jenny to keep the windows shut, the curtains closed, and the doors locked, but not even that will keep her safe when her would-be company shows up as promised.* * * * *The Babysitter is simple, easy-to-read escapist fiction. As part of Scholastic's Point Horror series, it's aimed at the teen and young adult crowd of the late 80's and early 90's. Modern-day readers may struggle with the lack of caller ID, absence of cellular phones, and needing the operator to connect one to the local police department, but if the reader can overlook this, it's an enjoyable enough story written eight years before Scream convinced audiences to let everything go to voice mail.(Personal confession: though his voice is described as a raspy whisper, I couldn't help but read each of Jenny's prank caller's lines in Roger Jackson's perfectly creepy over-the-phone voice from Scream. What can I say, I'm a 90's kid.)Stine's plots are never terribly complex, and this one's just as straightforward as normal. It relies a bit too much on a couple of bone-headed decisions by the main character to build tension, and while Jenny at least has the sense to contact the police once things start escalating, the cops also refer her to a different department and dismiss her concerns by telling her that people who make prank calls very rarely follow through with the threat. This despite Jenny being a babysitter in a town where someone stalking babysitters has made it into the newspaper after multiple assaults on young women. You'd think they could at least send out a patrol car or something.Jenny's also hesitant to tell her mom about the harassing calls, which isn't terribly realistic behavior, no matter how much Stine tries to justify it by having Jenny worry her mom will think she's making a mountain out of a molehill again. Looked at critically, Jenny's a terrible protagonist since the entire story revolves around things happening to her instead of her trying to take charge, but I can also excuse this since she's likely used to the adults in her life handling the heavy lifting, and she's completely out of her element at the Hagans' place.What I have a much more difficult time excusing is that Jenny's mother talks her into keeping her job at the Hagans' house even after all the harassing phone calls. I get that money's tight, but damn, that's heartless. I took the occasional babysitting gig as a teen myself, but I know if I'd brought up concerns I had with the jobs to my mom, at the very least she'd have been on the phone to the parents and they'd work together to resolve the issue. Jenny's mother, on the other hand, is about as hands-off as a mom can get when it comes to her daughter's troubles. True to life? Maybe? I guess there are parents like that, but it wasn't my personal experience.One thing Stine's particularly good at is leaving the reader with enough options that it's hard to pin down the person responsible, but a careful reader will suss out the phantom phone caller after one key piece of evidence is revealed a little more than halfway through the story. Once you figure it out, it's just a matter of following the story to its natural conclusion, although it's a conclusion that leads to one enormous problem I had once the stalker is revealed and dealt with. Discussing it would lead to a pretty serious spoiler, but chances are you'll have the same question I did about one character in particular and that character's actions given their knowledge of the situation. I recognize that I'm reading this as an adult though, and I doubt it's something my teenage brain would have caught or bothered with, so I can't hold it against the story too much.Overall, I'm content to give The Babysitter three out of five stars. There's nothing technically wrong with it, and it's a quick read that does what it sets out to do. Though the conclusion doesn't seem very open-ended, Stine somehow figured out a way to get three sequels out of this idea, and I'm curious enough to see how he handles it that I've gone ahead and picked up books two and three. Not a bad first book finished for 2018, all things considered.Best scene:Jenny arrives at the Hagans' house one evening to discover Donny's all hyped up to watch the video mom and dad rented for him. What, I hear you ask, did Mr. and Mrs. Hagan bring home for their precocious little son? Surely it was Transformers, or E.T., or The Goonies, something like that, right?Nope. Jenny and Donny settle in to watch freakin' Poltergeist. Wait, what?! I know it got a PG rating, but who lets their six year old kid watch a movie about an old house built on a Native American burial ground that sucks family members into hellish alternate dimensions via the TV? R.L. Stine's finest parenting tips, ladies and gentlemen: traumatize 'em when they're young, and they stay yours forever!Shut up. I laughed.

  • BookWorm
    2019-04-11 03:56

    R. L. Stine is a great writer, he is also great at coming up with the most twisting and horrifying stories to read. That is why I love reading his books! If your a baby-sitter..beware..this story has lots of things they have to face while watching a child. jk SPOILER! Jenny accepts the hagens offer to baby sit their kid twice a week, but she get very scared when she started getting lots of strange calls and hearing weird noises throughout the house. after her friends come over one day, Mr. Hagen doesnt think she has been keeping good watch over there kid. What will happen to jenny? I cannot say. I suggest this book to everyone!

  • Ashley
    2019-04-02 03:05

    I haven't read this book in YEARS but it was always one of my favorite R.L. Stine books. Back when I was a preteen, it genuinely creeped me out and I think in a ways stuck with me as I never ever earned cash as a teenage girl by babysitting. I don't remember every little thing that happened in this book, but I do remember that I enjoyed the hell out of it, more than once. This is one of those R.L Stine books that wasn't super childish to me and wasn't lacking in the creep factor. Pretty sure I will reread this book again some day as well as the other 3 in the set.

  • Marwan Asmar
    2019-04-17 06:59

    Keeps you on the edge, a bitty feeling that something is going to happen. Poor Jenny, the author never allowed her to enjoy her baby-sitting from beginning till the end, although she needed the extra money. There was also something creepy that leads to a very unexpected climax preceded by a series of chilling anti-climaxes involving the house, the little boy and the many who pops up in different places.

  • Emma Ruth
    2019-04-24 01:57

    There's nothing like a short thriller to pass the night away.It's been so long since I've re-read The Babysitter a few things actually surprised me. How much Jenny's screams annoy me for one. And a little more explanation would have been nice, but still a very enjoyable read. And maybe someday I'll read the sequels.

  • Kayleigh Offley
    2019-03-28 04:03

    I fancied delving into some books I enjoyed as a teen, which led me to the babysitter point horror series.I love these books from a nostalgic viewpoint, and as I can whizz through them in about an hour they are really quick and fun re-reads!

  • Cindy Boogie
    2019-03-28 08:13

    I liked this book when I was little, and I still do now, but not as much as I used to.

  • Naomi
    2019-04-14 08:48

    This book is really really scary. But it is an OK book!