Thursday, October 22, 2009

Review Babysitting Sugarpaw

Babysitting SugarPaw
Author: VS Grenier
Illustrator: Kevin Scott Collier
ISBN: 978-1-935268-06-2
Halo Publishing International

VS Grenier has written a delightful book, Babysitting SugarPaw, for 3 to 8 year old readers and their parents. Every parent and child dreads the first time a babysitter comes to the house. What will happen? How will the child react to his parents leaving? How will the babysitter deal with misbehavers?

Ms. Grenier addresses the issues of honesty and friendship in a fun to read story with wonderful full-color illustrations. Bonnie Whiskers never babysat for SugarPaw Bear before and what she finds is a young bear with ideas of his own on what he can and can't do.

Little SugarPaw doesn't make it easy for Bonnie Whiskers, but she finds positive ways to deal with SugarPaw's devious plans. Read along as SugarPaw tries his hardest to make life difficult for Bonnie. Does Bonnie survive her night of babysitting? Does Sugarpaw get his own way? Will Bonnie come back to babysit again?

Whether you are a parent thinking of getting a babysitter, or a young adult heading out to babysit for the first time, read Babysitting SugarPaw to find out the answers to these questions.

Now a little bit about Ms.Grenier and how she is using her book to help children learn to read.

Utah Author Helps Bring Children Their First Book

Author VS Grenier, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Stories for Children Magazine, celebrates her debut picture book, Babysitting Sugarpaw, about the importance of telling the truth and getting to know others. When asked what inspired Grenier to write this particular story, she said, “I really enjoyed writing Babysitting SugarPaw which is based off some of the antics I pulled as a child with my babysitters. I feel children will love the mischief SugarPaw creates and parents will appreciate the subtle ways Bonnie Whiskers teaches how to be honest and a good friend.

“I love writing children’s books! I finish one book and then get another idea from my own childhood or from my kids. It takes all my talent to create a book, run Stories for Children Magazine, and raise my children. But, I love it! It is such a surprising turn in the road to finally see one of my books in print. I hope to bring many more to children and share with them my love of the World of Ink.”

VS Grenier has also joined forces with First Book to help children find the love of reading and writing. Here is what Bonnie Johnson from First Book had to say about Grenier joining their cause.

"First Book provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. Since 1992, First Book has distributed over 65 million new books to children from low-income families in thousands of communities nationwide.

"Programs that serve predominantly children from low-income families can receive books from First Book and that is why VS Grenier has joined First Book in our fight to bring children their first book.

"First Book works with many different authors and/or publishers big and small! We are thrilled to be working with VS Grenier at First Book in our donation program. We have done similar donations and generally because First Book works with thousands of recipient groups across the country we try to find a group near an author and/or publisher that could benefit from a donation such as this."

So how can you help VS Grenier give children their first book? You can help Grenier bring a child their first book a few different ways. The process is simple and anyone can help.

1. Place an order for an autographed copy of Babysitting SugarPaw and 25% of the sale will go to books for First Book. Place your order at

2. Buy and donate Babysitting SugarPaw to First Book. Once we reach the 100 book level First Book will proceed in donating the books to a group in VS Grenier's area. Place your donation at

3. Tell your friends about Babysitting SugarPaw and how VS Grenier has joined First Book in bring children their first book.

If you would like to know more about First Book please visit their website at

To learn more about VS Grenier and Babysitting SugarPaw visit

To learn more about Stories for Children Magazine visit


  1. Terrific review of Babysitting SugarPaw. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. I've ordered the book and am eagerly looking forward to reading it.

    Barbara Bockman

  4. That's good news for Ms. Grenier, Barbara!

  5. Sounds like a great book, and a great idea. I love hearing about books for this age group because we have some really creative folks, like Penny, who write these.

  6. Katie, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Did you mean Virginia? I'm actually working on a picture book for this same age group, but haven't had an acceptance yet, although the editor did ask for a re-write.

  7. This is a fun story with characters that youmg readers are sure to love. Super review, Penny. Congratulations, Virginia, on your delightful book.


  8. Hi Bev, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.