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Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson, illustrated by Robert McCloskey.

Published by Grosset & Dunlap / Temp Books in 1971.

"Henry could handle the babies and even an occasional ghost, but when the baby is a peacock the feathers really fly!"



190 pages / 4.25 x 7 x .6 inches / 10.6 x 17.7 x 1.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Pen marking on the cover. Creasing. Small rip in the front cover. Wear around the edges. Wear / fading / scuffing on the back cover.

Small tear / creasing in title page.

The pages are purple around the edges and the bottom right corner has a bit of water damage / fading.


Henry Reed and his business associate Midge Glass start new careers during Henry's second summer visit to New Jersey. And Henry records their activities in this hilarious journal.

Harry's first job is a frantic encounter with a dear four-year-old monster named Danny. (Henry's battle wounds include a bump on the head, two skinned knees, and a stomach that feels very peculiar.) And that's only the beginning! The book really picks up steam as Henry and Midge become more and more involved with their clients and a bullying, sneaky arch-enemy named Johnny Sebastian. (How Midge fixes Johnny will delight every true lover of justice.) When the local radio station advertises Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service, phone calls and mail come from all over New Jersey and three other states. The business tax forms that come from the government are nothing compared to the children, animals, birds and even ghosts that Midge and Henry have to contend with.

Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson, illustrated by Robert McCloskey


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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