Mallory knows she’s a good baby-sitter. She’s been looking after her seven younger brothers and sisters for years. So when Kristy offers her a steady job baby-sitting for the Arnold twins, Mal thinks it’ll be easy money.
The twins are cute in their little matching outfits. But once Mrs. Arnold leaves, Marilyn and Carolyn turn into twin terrors! They run around the house like spoiled brats, and Mallory can’t even tell them apart.
Taking care of Marilyn and Carolyn is a baby-sitting nightmare. But Mallory’s a responsible member of the Baby-sitters Club – and she’s not giving up!
This is one of the books I really enjoyed that involved Mallory. It’s not that I didn’t like the character, but many of her stories were a bit on the dull side. However, this is one of the few books that is all about babysitting. This is a refreshing fact, because generally with the other girls, when they aren’t focusing on babysitting (and sometimes when they are), they wind up being silly little girls who are trying to act like they are all grown up. Fortunately, Mallory and Jessi don’t suffer from this kind of thought process throughout the series.
When I originally read this book, I hadn’t had my ears pierced. However, when I was nine and finally got them done, I was glad to have a book like this talk me through how easy of a process it is. As for the twins, I have to admit, I found it sad that no one ever considered that they may not like having to be twin versions of each other. It took someone on the outside to finally see what was causing them to act out so much. I actually don’t think twinning (the act of dressing alike) is all that adorable. Maybe once in a blue moon, but every single day for every single outfit? I mean these girls even wore the exact same night clothes! That’s a bit much.
This was an enjoyable trip down memory lane for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find more of these moments as I continue re-reading the series.