This time Nelly has a new babysitting job, at the Hott Heds. As you an see on the cover, yes those are matches. And yes, there hands are like those bbq things you grab food with (sorry, forgot the name).
I really love the Hott Heds, and I definitely loved their house and their love for fire and the colour red. I loved how creative their house was. There were so many fun hints that these guys loved heat, that they were matches. Nelly has a lot of adjusting to do, and not just getting special slippers so she can walk through the house without her feet burning clean off. 😛 She also finds out that her protegee has the WHOEVER (or something like that), which means that if he asks WHO? his head will burst into flames. Yes. Really. And that makes things a bit trickier. Thankfully, the Hott Heds did put some buckets down (though I wonder why there weren’t more buckets or places to get water, I get that they don’t like water, but if your kid is burning up constantly… maybe some more water is handy).
It was so much fun to see Nelly adjust to a new monster to babysit and how she tried her best to find games and fun things to do with a boy who is a match. I loved how fast she could think and how fast she found solutions.
Plus, she even helped out the parents by explaining some things.
However, I wasn’t such a fan of the little kid near the end. I can understand that he asks WHO when he doesn’t know someone… but in the end it was asking about people HE KNEW (police, etc.). And that just didn’t make sense. It was just silly and seemed to be just there because of what happens at the end + that there were no more buckets. I think maybe it would have been better to have WHATEVER or WHYEVER.
I have to say that I am glad that the book mostly focuses on the babysitting, because if I see Asti one more time I would have thrown her in front of one of the monsters if there was one that was in for a human snack. I am sorry, but I just don’t get why the parents don’t do more about things.
But all in all, I just FLEW through this book, it was a delight to read with hilarious and fun illustrations. I hope my library gets Book 2 (yes, really, they add books willynilly at times) and also the next books in the series. Because I want to see what is next in Nelly’s babysitting career.