Jennifer Holm (Our Only May Amelia) and her brother Matthew Holm, a graphic designer, make an incursion on Captain Underpants territory with these comic books about a girl mouse. Both tales share eye-grabbing black-and-pink graphics, and a perceptible Spiegelman influence simmers in the energetic ink illustrations of the dot-eyed heroine. Queen of the World! introduces Babymouse and her nemesis, a popular cat named Felicia Furrypaws. Babymouse desperately wants an invitation to Felicia's slumber party (which she feels could confer "queen" status), although her best friend Wilson the Weasel expects her to watch monster movies with him that night. Fantasy sequences testify to Babymouse's reading habit and active imagination: in one reverie, she's Babymouserella, transformed into a princess by "fairy godweasel" Wilson, but undone by Felicia on the way to the ball ("In `Cinderella,' the mouse pulls the carriage. Duh!"). A sequel, Our Hero, centers on a gym class where unathletic Babymouse faces dodgeball whiz Felicia. Before the competition, Babymouse daydreams of boot camp, stomps on her antagonist as "Babymousezilla" and indulges in a Peter Pan sequence where a combined Felicia-Hook makes her walk the plank into the jaws of a crocodile (who doubles as the gym teacher). The Holms make humorous allusions to novels and movies, and interject sympathetic remarks from an offstage narrator. This personable, self-conscious mouse, with her penchant for pink hearts, resembles Kevin Henkes's Lilly, with some extra years of grade-school experience. Ages 7-10. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Babymouse, the delightful heroine of Babymouse: Queen of the World returns in another graphic novel, still living a much more exciting life in her imagination than in her routine days, and still supported by her friend Wilson and infuriated by her stuck locker and her stuck-up classmate Felicia Furrypaws. The final blow is the announcement of dodge ball in gym next week. Babymouse's experience with dodge ball has been traumatic, so she prepares to play like a prisoner ready for execution. She has not even brought her sneakers. But when she sees Wilson threatened, Babymouse comes through, to the surprise of even herself. The end is another surprise, but will leave readers eager for the next encounter with Felicia. There is humor throughout, including side remarks along with the speech balloons. The style of illustration is the same as in the first adventure: heavy black line with pink washes, varying sizes and arrangements of frames, and animated action throughout. 2005, Random House Children's Books, Ages 7 to 10.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Here's what people are saying about Babymouse!
The Chicago Sun-Times:
"Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!"
Starred Review, The Horn Book:
"Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!"
"Cute, smart, sassy Babymouse is fun and funny, and this book, like its predecessors, will draw reluctant readers as well as Babymouse fans."
"An almost absurdly likeable heroine."