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Heidi Heckelbeck Is the Bestest Babysitter!

Book #16 of Heidi Heckelbeck
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris



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About The Book

Heidi Heckelbeck wants to prove she can make it in the babysitting business, but she’ll need a little magic and a lot of help from her friends!

Heidi Heckelbeck is eager to start babysitting, but her mom doesn’t think she’s old enough yet. To prove she’s ready to be responsible, Heidi teams up with Laurel and Bruce to create a spectacular booth—called the “Little Explorers Museum”—for the Brewster Elementary fair. It’s going to be an exciting exhibit of fabulous art projects, nifty science experiments…and babysitting! But when Heidi worries that her babysitting station won’t attract enough visitors, will her Book of Spells help her find a magical solution?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


Heidi had her very own classroom in the playroom. She had a chalkboard, a desk, and a pointer. She even had students: a stuffed panda; a stuffed kangaroo; and her little brother, Henry. They all sat on small wooden chairs in front of Heidi, who was, of course, the teacher. She called herself Mrs. Applegarth.



  Mrs. Applegarth tapped the chalkboard with her pointer. “Class, what can you tell me animals do when they’re scared?”

  Henry raised his hand. Mrs. Applegarth called on him.

  “Skunks spray stink bombs when they’re scared,” he answered. “And octopuses squirt black ink.”

  “Good answer, Henry,” said Mrs. Applegarth. “You get a gold star!”

  Heidi handed Henry a gold star sticker.



  “Excuse me, Mrs. Applegarth!” said someone from the door.

  Heidi pulled off her pretend glasses and looked at the door. It was Mom.




“May I help you, Mrs. Heckelbeck?”

  Mom entered the classroom. She had a fancy card in her hand with gold cursive writing on it. Heidi noticed it right away.

  “Ooh, what’s that?” she asked, forgetting her role as make-believe teacher.

  “It’s a wedding invitation,” Mom said.

  “Do we get to go?” Heidi asked.

  “It’s for grown-ups this time,” Mom said. “We’ll need to get a babysitter.”

  “A BABYSITTER?” questioned Heidi. “But why? It’s not like I’m a baby anymore.”

  “That’s true,” agreed Mom.

  “Then what if I babysit Henry?” suggested Heidi.

  “No way, José!” Henry cried. “I’m not a baby anymore EITHER!”

  “Well, you’re more of a baby than I am!” Heidi argued.

  “Am not!” Henry said, folding his arms.



  “Okay, that’s enough,” said Mom firmly. “Neither of you are babies, but you’re both too young to stay home alone.”

  Heidi ran across the room to the dress-up trunk and put on a gray-haired wig. She stuffed her hair inside like a bathing cap.

  “Am I old enough now?” asked Heidi.



  Mom shook her head.

  “What about me?” Henry asked. He had put on a top hat and beard. “I’m Abraham Lincoln, and he’s REALLY old!”



  Heidi rolled her eyes at her brother. “He’s not even alive anymore.”

  “Well, he used to be old,” said Henry.

  Mom laughed. “Nice try, you two,” she said.

  Heidi sighed. “But I REALLY want to babysit,” she said sadly.



  “You’ll get to babysit soon enough,” Mom said. “But you have to be a little older before I’m comfortable leaving you alone with your brother.”

  Heidi pulled off the gray wig.



  “Well, I won’t need THIS,” she said, tossing the wig in the trunk. “Because by THEN I’ll already be a grandmother!”


About The Author

Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

About The Illustrator

(c) Priscilla Burris

Priscilla Burris is the illustrator and author-illustrator of many books for children. She attributes her love of children’s books and library visits to the East Los Angeles Library. Priscilla loves her role of creating characters and stories for readers everywhere. She lives in sunny Arizona, where she finds the sunrises and sunsets awe-inspiring. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (December 15, 2015)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481446310
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 550L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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