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Attack of the Beastly Baby-Sitter

Series: Give Yourself Goosebumps #18
Translated Into: El ataque de la niñera (Spanish)
La gardienne la plus bête en ville! (French)
Author: Stine, R. L.
Illustrator: Nagata, Mark
Release Date: June, 1997
ISBN: 0590934856 / 9780590934855
Length:136 pages
Number of Endings:23 (plus two "false" endings)
User Summary: You're annoyed when you discover that you're going to have a babysitter and horrified when you discover that your babysitter is an evil imposter....
Demian's Thoughts: This isn't the most well-written book, but it does have a much higher number of mini-games and puzzles than most books in this series, so fans of gamebook novelties should find it somewhat entertaining.... There's a maze, a follow-the-ropes puzzle, a "spinner" like the one used in the first book of this series and various other challenges of luck and skill. The book's continuity is also a bit better than usual....

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Stockton's Thoughts: This book is flat out bizarre, even by the liberal standards of this series. It's just too out there for me. I can understand how the whole idea of a baby sitter who's really a monster of some kind might make a good gamebook. But a giant rat-creature? Ick. It just seems gross more than silly or funny. Couple that with the whole idea of kid puree or kids shredded to make Switch Cheese or used as lab rats (pun intended?), and it's way, way beyond over-the-top. I appriciate the strange, outrageous humour of this series, but the Beasty Baby-Sitter crossed the line.

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Waluigi Freak 99's Thoughts: The plotline that you follow is totally random. In one, there's only two positive endings that can only be found through a long path with several deaths if you don't make the right decision. The other contains several mini-games that you must win in succession. I liked the mini-games, and, of course, there's a cheater trap. However, there are a few problems that balance the book out, mainly its "one strike and you're out" style and overall goofy feel.

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