Wonderful Australian Actress and comedian Isla Fisher has turned her hand to writing and penned a hilarious take of a very sensible looking babysitter who isn’t what she seems.
While Jemima and Jack don’t like the idea of their new babysitter, who looks sensible, old and tiny, they soon get a surprise when their parents leave as with a mischievous wink Marge takes off her hat revealing rainbow-coloured hair! And that’s the least of the surprises, as soon enough they discover Marge really is a babysitter like no other, and the children spend a wild evening with her – racing snails, slurping chocolate soup and mixing potions in the bath!
Watch Isla introducing us to Marge in Charge, and her interview with The Project below, where she explains how writing is her “backup career” (after, y’know, starring in Hollywood blockbusters like Scooby Doo, The Great Gatsby and Wedding-Crashers along with TV shows like Arrested Development and of course her start on Home and Away), where she finds the time to write, and her love of telling stories to her three kids:
I think storytime is so important for families, it helps you connect and talk about issues that don’t necessarily come up organically after school, it’s a wonderful important part of our household.
— #TheProjectTV (@theprojecttv) July 26, 2016
Have a read of some of the entertaining antics of Marge and the kids and check out the gorgeous illustrations from Eglantine Ceulemans in Marge in Charge below.
The plentiful illustrations and the length of the stories (individually about fifty pages each) will appeal to competent readers ready to embark on solo reading and Marge’s crazy tales of pink flamingos and being sawn in half will entertain anyone who enjoys a giggle
– Reading Zone
Isla Fisher has been telling her three children bedtime stories all their lives and this was the genesis of Marge in Charge. As one might expect from a household that includes Sacha Baron Cohen the results are hilarious and full of the uproarious unconventionality that children love. Highly recommended and this would definitely make a fun read aloud – perhaps you could include some discussion about ‘rules’ *wink* !
– Sue Warren