This book is a little bit older (published 2002), but I have a strange feeling that it still is quite relevant. I chose it on a whim, having a slight predilection toward darkly humored books. Also, I am a day care provider. There are some very major differences between what I do and what a Nanny does – I still had a feeling I could relate somehow.
The book authors are former nannies who lived and worked in Manhattan. This book is satirical, and not based in fact – they make a big point to state that in the first few pages – but you know that some of this happened to them, or someone they know. The book follows Nanny, the new Nanny for the X family, as she cares for 4-year-old Grayer. The parents are completely absent (only one of them actually holds a paying job, the other spends all the money) and she is left to comfort, teach, and chauffeur little Grayer around. The Nanny wants to leave the job, as more and more ridiculous requests are made of her, and she is continually insulted but she cares too much for her young charge. The situations are ridiculous, funny and a bit sad. The book is quite predictable on a general level, but the details are outright hysterical. I know they made this into a movie a few years back, but I never saw it and couldn’t say if it’s any good or not. (I’m tending toward not, based on no information whatsoever.)
I’m going to include this as one of my Reading Challenge Books – #9 – Read a book by a debut author. I saw in my Google searches for this cover, that the authors have teamed up for a sequel: Nanny Returns. I just may have to add that to my “want” list, just out of curiosity. The authors have a website too: visit it here to see what else they have been up to!
The Nanny Diaries
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
St. Martin’s Press, 2002