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The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter 

A babysitter shows a boy who loves TV that books are just as exciting.

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Natalie Radford ...
Belinda
James Sherry ...
Ricky Winter
Lynne Adams ...
Ricky's Mom
Jason Alisharan ...
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Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
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Sam (as Joanna Garcia)
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A babysitter shows a boy who loves TV that books are just as exciting.

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Trivia

The book Belinda first opens is called The Dragon by Candy Close. See more »

Goofs

The book that Ricky has when he is in the dungeon, has only a few sentences one second then, in the next shot it has at least two pages full. See more »

Quotes

Ricky Winter: Hey, move!
Belinda: It's time... to get to know each other.
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Snick (2009) See more »

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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4 June 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Belinda (Natalie Radford) enters the life of Ricky (James Sherry) when she is hired to babysit him. Ricky isn't looking forward to his evening with the babysitter, and his spirits sink further when she insists that he starts to read a story for her. But things soon take a turn for the strange when the characters from the story appear inside the house, with Belinda telling Ricky that the only way to save them from danger is to finish the story.

Written by David Preston, and directed by Iain Paterson, this is a fun episode. It doesn't have any major scares or tension, mainly due to the playful nature of Belinda, but that's just fine. And, hey, it reminds people of the worlds that you can find in the pages of a good book (although, hopefully, not one which allows characters to come to life around you).

Radford is fun in her role, while Sherry does well as the sullen kid spurred into action even as he disbelieves what his eyes are seeing. The dangerous characters unleashed from the book are menacing enough, in a very kid-friendly way, and that covers all of the main players.

Like the entire premise of the show, this reminds younger viewers of the power of their imagination, and that's no bad thing. That's no bad thing at all.


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