Reader Reviewed The Royal Babysitters by Clementine Beauvais
  

The Royal Babysitters

Written by Clementine Beauvais
Illustrated by Becka Moor

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October 2014 Book of the Month Silly jokes and madcap adventures are the order of the day in this very funny and highly illustrated royalty-themed series for younger readers.

Reader Reviews

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  • Sabina Beinart-Smith, age 6 - 'This book is full of imagination.  Holly and Anna meet six baby princes all called Bertie, robotic giant squid, robotic mermaids, the King’s mean mum, and nasty humming birds.'
  • Daniel Harrison, age 8 - 'I really liked this book. Pepino was my favourite character. He was funny because he acted all spoilt and to him every time was a time for ice-cream.'
  • Lauren Randall, age 6 - 'This is a very good book, which is very funny. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read the next one.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 - 'I love this book because it is hilarious and has a very weird plot. The characters in this book are totally bonkers!'
  • Erica, age 7 and Lulia, age 6 - 'The end was very surprising and the illustrations very good.'
  • Sathana, age 9 - 'This book was funny. I laughed my head off...I loved this book sooo much.'
  • Lucy Keaveny, age 8 - 'Holly and Anna want to have the holiday of a lifetime. However, they cannot afford it until they see an advert for a babysitting job at the palace.'

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Synopsis

The Royal Babysitters by Clementine Beauvais

Anna and Holly have spotted an advert in the paper for a Holy Moly Holiday - the intergalactic vacation of a lifetime. They simply CAN'T not go. But how will they get enough money? Simple: they'll become royal babysitters for a day. Unfortunately, the girls are in for a shock. Once King Steve and Queen Sheila have left, they discover there isn't just one prince to look after. There are six. And worse, the country's arch enemy, King Alaspooryorick of Daneland, has decided to stage an invasion. Will the girls be able to keep their royal charges safe and still go on their dream holiday?

About the Author

Clementine Beauvais

Clementine Beauvais was born in Paris, but decided to cross the Channel at the age of seventeen to see how things were done on the other side. She very much liked what she saw, and has been living in Cambridge ever since. As well as studying children's literature, Clem is the author of the Sesame Seade Mysteries and the co-host of the Kid You Not podcast on children's literature. She still makes funny mistakes in English sometimes, but she's very proud that she doesn't have a comedy French accent.

Q&A

Who are your favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

My favourite illustrators include Anthony Browne and French illustrators Claude Ponti and Sempé – all amazing, in different ways, at making people look just as complex and funny as people usually are. My favourite authors – now, that’s a terribly difficult question. There are so many! Half of me would hate the other half for selecting some and leaving others aside. I’m sure my favourite authors, whoever they are, all haunt my writing anyway – because that’s what happens when you write, you just pilfer tricks and themes from people you love.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

I was too much of a voracious reader to have just one favourite book. Of course, the Harry Potter books – of which I was a passionate fan from the age of 9, and which made me learn English. But some of my best memories of earlier reading include the Pippi Longstocking books, the Jennings series, Tintin, tons of other comics, and many other French books for children. I also loved Roald Dahl, of course, and later on, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials as a young teenager. I tended to like magical or fantasy stories, but now I tend to prefer writing realistic or magical-realistic fiction.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

My favourite hero is definitely a heroine – but I don’t know which one to choose, between Pippi Longstocking, French supersleuth Fantômette, or Lyra of His Dark Materials… I like heroines who are funny and active, and don’t take themselves or others too seriously.

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

I think Harry Potter has by far the widest range of villains, from Voldemort to the more complex ones: Severus Snape, Cornelius Fudge, and Bellatrix Lestrange… I also like villains who are hilarious, crazy or ridiculous, like most of the villains in Alice in Wonderland, who don’t even know that they’re villains – or are just playing at being villains – who knows?

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?
Charlie Bucket right after the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Nothing bad can really happen to you if you’re Charlie Bucket then, apart from a bit of indigestion. It’s a pretty good life. I’d love to graze on the sugared grass.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

My parents’ bookshelves were full of other people’s books, and they seemed to value those books enormously. I realised I had to get on those shelves somehow to attract their attention… Now they’ve got a special shelf just for my books. Success!

When did you start writing?

Even before I started being able to write. I would dictate stories to my mum, and she’d write them down. I had a very obedient mum.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Finish what you start! It’s very, very easy to begin a story, or two, or twelve – and incredibly difficult to finish them. You lose hope and love and motivation halfway through. To me, a writer is someone who finishes a story – no matter how good or bad. Get that first draft done. Finish it! What are you doing reading this interview? Go write!

Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

Very, very, very many, but though early stories are always worth a nostalgic look, they’re not really good enough to justify ‘revisiting’. Writing is like pole-jumping – you have to do it many times until you actually manage to pass the bar, but no one’s going to tell a pole-jumper “Hey, why don’t you show us the videos of all the times you didn’t make it?”. Those jumps were failures, but they did contribute to that moment when it was finally a success. Same for writing. Those abandoned books might never see the light of day, but they helped prepare the way for the stories that eventually did end up in bookstores.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
192 pages
Interest Age: from 7 to 9

Author

Clementine Beauvais
More books by Clementine Beauvais

Author's Website

www.clementinebeauvais.com/

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

11th September 2014

ISBN

9781408850770

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