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Marion Takes Charge

Book #12 of The Critter Club
Illustrated by Marsha Riti

Marion finally gets to babysit her little sister Gabby in the twelfth book of The Critter Club series!

Marion has always wanted to babysit her sister—but her parents have said she is too young! When they finally ask Marion to watch Gabby during a party at their house, Marion can’t wait! But she quickly finds out that babysitting isn’t as easy as it looks. Gabby won’t listen to Marion at all. After getting upset about losing a board game, she makes a total mess and even draws on the table! When Marion gets called to the Critter Club to help out with a run-away cat, Gabby tags along and causes even more trouble! Maybe being a sister is better than being a sitter

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

Marion Takes Charge

Marion, the Big Sister
“Here, Gabby,” Marion Ballard said to her little sister. “I’ll do that for you.”

“No, I can do it!” Gabby replied. She was at the front door, tying her shoes. Marion thought she was doing it way too slowly.

Mrs. Ballard was waiting in the car. Marion checked her watch. It was 8:35. School started at 8:45, and the drive was eight minutes long. If they didn’t get going, they’d be late!



Finally, Gabby was ready. They rushed outside.

Phew! thought Marion as her mom backed out of the driveway.

Marion made sure she had everything. She had her lunch box. She had her sneakers for gym. She peeked inside her homework folder. Yep, she had her homework.



“Do you have your lunch, Gabby?” Marion asked her sister.



Gabby nodded. “Your homework?” Marion said.

Gabby nodded again. She was in kindergarten. She usually had a short math work sheet and some reading homework.

“Your reading folder?” Marion asked.

Gabby’s eyes went wide in alarm. “I forgot to read the new book in my reading folder!”



Marion looked out the car window. They still had a few minutes before they got to school. “Want to read it together now?” Marion asked.

Gabby smiled and nodded. She pulled out the book. It was called My Bike.

Callie Barkley loves animals. As a young girl, she dreamed of getting a cat or dog of her own until she discovered she was allergic to most of them. It was around this time that she realized the world was full of all kinds of critters that could use some love. She now lives with her husband and two kids in Connecticut. They share their home with exactly ten fish and a very active ant farm.

Marsha Riti illustrated the picture book The Picky Little Witch by Elizabeth Brokamp and The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she likes to take long walks, stopping frequently to pet neighborhood kitties.

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