Published by: Disney Hyperion on May 12, 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Science Fiction
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Case File: The First Unsittable
Summary: The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task until now.
After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet Flarknartia. The timing for associate 4118-25125A is less than ideal. It's a school day on Planet Earth, Gabby's audition for the solo part in the band is tonight, and this tiny alien is a bit more than meets the eye.
Can Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, First Sitter to the Unsittables, keep her otherworldly charge safe in the unpredictable halls of middle-school and keep A.L.I.E.N hidden?
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One Line: Hilarious aliens and fun characters made for a very entertaining read.
What I Loved: While reading this I had to completely let go of the fact that I was reading it as an adult. Being in the “kid mindset” is a must for a book like this because there’s a lot of stuff that’s pretty unbelievable, besides the fact that there are aliens in this book. Reading this as a kid (the inner kid in me at least), I have to say that this book was all kinds of awesome. I really loved it. It was so cute and fun. The aliens that Gabby has to watch are hilarious and I loved that even though they’re aliens, they’re still just kids and they still just want someone to play with them. I really appreciated Gabby’s view of how every kid is special and good, you just have to know how to handle them. She’s very genuine and sweet and I like the idea of my kids reading about a character like her.
What Didn’t Work for Me: Being a parent, I didn’t like how Gabby was so flippant during those first scenes with Edwina. That bugged me the most and I was surprised how quickly she gave in to what Edwina told her and how she handled that situation. Gabby is left to her own devices a lot and maybe I’m just being overprotective, but that was a bit crazy to me. Yes, she’s twelve and capable, but still. It’s a personal thing, but that got to me a bit.
Final Verdict: I would definitely recommend this for young readers. It’s fun, light-hearted, and engaging. I really enjoyed reading this book and would love a sequel.
*This review of Gabby Duran and the Unsittables was first published on YABC.*