The Babysitter’s Guide to MONSTER HUNTING {Book Promotion}

 I received an uncorrected proof of The Babysitter’s Guide to MONSTER HUNTING($13.99  value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own. 


It’s not every day you learn that monsters are real… 

In A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING (Katherine Tegen Books; on-sale now; ages 8+), the first in a thrilling and hilarious new series by professional screenwriter Joe Ballarini, they are not only real, they are planning to populate the world with monsters from little kids’ nightmares. The Montecito Picture Company and Walden Films are producing the film adaptation, written by Ballarini and starring Keegan Michael Key. 

When middle schooler Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, she thinks the scariest part of her night will be the death of her social life. She’s not babysitter material—doesn’t like little kids and thinks it’s a job for nerds—but she needs cash if she wants to go to summer camp; and she wants to go to summer camp, bad.  But when her first charge, four-year-old Baby Jacob, gets carried off by monsters—who really do live under his bed!—to the Grand Guignol (also known as the Boogeyman), she learns there’s a whole lot more to fear than temper-tantrums. Like chasing shadow monsters, drop-kicking Toadies, and mastering monster-fighting moves like the Naptime Headlock and Playground Punch.

Now, with the help of an ancient handbook and a secret society of butt-kicking babysitters, Kelly sets out to destroy the Boogeyman before he brings Jacob’s nightmares to life. But when the monsters’ trail leads to her school’s big Halloween bash, Kelly will have to prove she can save the world—without totally embarrassing herself in front of her friends.

Packed with black-and-white illustrations and insider secrets from the world of monster hunting, A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING is full of tricks, treats, and terrifying twists!


This was my first time reviewing a thriller besides a….chapter book thriller and it was quite intense!  Good book…by far, but slightly intense for those kiddos that age in my household regarding so much descriptive monster content that made it quite scary.

The Babysitter’s Guide to MONSTER HUNTING was a quick read (even though it’s over 300 pages long) that had some real scary content and wild adventure, but in the end brought some real wholesome truths for youth and adults that they can hold in their heart regarding fitting in, friends and having someone’s back.  All in all, Ballarini did a great job keeping the reader’s attention with the characters and their rolls, etc.   

The Babysitter’s Guide to MONSTER HUNTING can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Get your copy today!



 Joe Ballarini is a professional screenwriter who has penned family films, horror films, silly comedies, and sweeping adventures.  He is a writer on the feature film, MY LITTLE PONY: The Movie for Hasbro Studios and is writing SKYWARD, the true story of two families who escaped East Germany in a hot air balloon for 20th Century Fox with Karen Rosenfelt producing.  He is a graduate of the production program of the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a minor in creative writing. A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING is his first book. The Montecito Picture Company and Walden Films are producing the film adaptation that Ballarini also penned, which will star Keegan Michael Key.  Ballarini lives with his family in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at





Cynthia Tait

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