Manny /ma·ne/ n A male nanny or babysitter, known to be handsome, fabulous, and a lover of eighties music
That's what the manny tells Keats Dalinger the first time he packs Keats's school lunch, but for Keats that's not always the easiest thing to do. Even though he's the only boy at home, it always feels like no one ever remembers him. His sisters are everywhere! Lulu is the smart one, India is the creative one, and Belly . . . well, Belly is the naked one. And the baby. School isn't much better. There, he's the shortest kid in the entire class.
But now the manny is the Dalinger's new babysitter, and things are starting to look up. It seems as though the manny always knows the right thing to do. Not everyone likes the manny as much as Keats does, however. Lulu finds the manny embarrassing, and she's started to make a list of all the crazy things that he does, such as serenading the kids with "La Cucaracha" from the front yard or wearing underwear on his head or meeting the school bus with Belly, dressed as limo drivers. Keats is worried. What if Lulu's "Manny Files" makes his parents fire the manny? Who will teach him how to be interesting then?
Christian Burch is a real-life manny, who derived much of his inspiration for this novel from his charges. A resident of Jackson, Wyoming, The Manny Files is his first novel. He shares his birthday with Adam Ant, Evgeni Plushenko, and Anna Wintour.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)
"Christian Burch -- David Sedaris meets Mary Poppins -- is who we've all been waiting for. He is a smart, warm, and very funny writer who has something new to say about how we all have to find a way to fit into each other's lives. Save yourself a trip back to the bookstore and buy a dozen copies of The Manny Files right now. You'll want to give this book to everyone you care about and everyone who cares about you. This isn't just a wonderful book, it's an important book." -- Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
"Meet Matthew, an unconventional male nanny (or manny, as he puts it), whose mantra is 'Be interesting!' Christian Burch's groundbreaking novel is just that, as well as being a wildly funny, large-hearted, and sweet-spirited celebration of the many differences that make our lives so, well, interesting!" -- Michael Cart, editor of Rush Hour: Face, A Journal of Contemporary Voices
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
ALA Stonewall Book Award - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor Book