Isabella Babysits Baxter – Children’s Literature Review


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About the Book

Title: Isabella Babysits Baxter | Author and Illustrator: Melissa Perry Moraja | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Melissa Productions | Pages:32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella’s mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly what to do! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed…TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess.

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Sneak Peek

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Author Melissa Perry Moraja does it again.  My family is an avid fan of the Wunderkind Series of chapter books, but this is the first (hopefully of many) Wunderkind series of picture books for children ages 3-6.  A fun and engaging book – this is great for any young kid – especially because younger children often find themselves wanting to have more responsibility.  Isabella is so excited to be taking care of her dog, Baxter, but it is a lot of work.  Isabella finds that she has to clean up mess after mess.  I read this book to my 2 year old, and he stated engaged beginning to end; a rarity!  It’s 32 pages are easy to read and the story flows beautifully.  Great writing combined with simple illustrations makes this a winner for the younger kids in any  household.

In the Wunderkind series of books, there is a feather on every page that the children had a lot of fun trying to find.  I was a little sad that there wasn’t a seek-and-find activity in this book.  Despite that, it’s a great holiday gift for any young child in your life!


The Early Buzz

Filled with humor and fun, Isabella Babysits Baxter is perfect for young children, and I especially recommend it for families with pets. Melissa Perry Moraja does a great job of bringing these real-life characters to print in a new, entertaining children’s book that is sure to please the whole family.” ~ Review by Readers Favorite Reviewer

“It’s fun, zany, big and colorful – just like a kid’s book should be. Even the cover itself is inviting. with its deep red background and a wide-eyed, paint-spattered Baxter staring at the reader who must wonder about the story behind the scene. The cover is impressive in its artwork, design, hint of a sparkle accent, and the unusual smooth, non-paper feel.  Bottom line – “Isabella babysits Baxter” represents Fun with a capital F. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Spudman, Amazon, Top 100 Reviewer

“The illustrations by the author are excellent, the story is both adventuresome and entertaining, and the wisdom imparted to children is excellent. A top-notch children’s book from a lady who knows her field and her talent!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grady Harp, Amazon, Top 100 Reviewer


About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Author

Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Award-Winning Author and Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author and illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. And that’s just the beginning!

Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom, children’s author, speaker, and consultant. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids.

She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for type 1 diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

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  1. I’m not familiar with Wunderkind books. Will have to look into them! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
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