Keats Dalinger is the only boy in a family of four siblings - his oldest sister is practically perfect in every way, the next oldest is a sophisticated fashion plate, and the baby is wild - and prefers to be naked. He feels a bit invisible, and things aren't going that well at school. But then, one day, The Manny shows up. He's a male nanny, and he's there to turn the Dalinger house around. His mantra is "be interesting," and with The Manny around, life will never be dull.
This book is simply delightful. I loved Keats Dalinger and was so unbelievably happy that The Manny came into his life. There's just so much about this book to be enthusiastic about: Keats, the manny, the relationship between the Dalinger siblings, Keats' stories about his school experiences. It's a funny book that also has parts that are quite sad and touching, particularly relating to the kids' grandmother. I loved the ending of the book almost as much as Keats' did, and am really happy to see that there's a sequel, Hit the Road, Manny.
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Read it with:
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club by Niki Daly
Little Darlings by Sam Llewellyn
Eloise by Kay Thompson