Queen of the World! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Queen of the World! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm
     
 

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It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of theSee more details below

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It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of the World, a graphic novel with attitude!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature
The graphic novel format has arrived in the elementary school with a charming anthropomorphic heroine with whom female readers in particular can identify. As she goes through her boring, frustrating daily routine at home and school, Babymouse wonders where the glamour and adventure can be. Her friend and helpmate since kindergarten has been Wilson the Weasel; her nemesis the popular and snooty Felicia Furrypaws. Babymouse's wide-ranging imagination offers her adventures while she waits in vain for an invitation to Felicia's slumber party. When she finally gets one, she realizes the value of a real friend. With only a black felt marker and pink washes, the artists create the cartoon characters and simple settings. The visual narrative is presented in a variety of frames and vignettes, with most of the text in speech balloons, as is standard in comic strips. There is a driving energy to the drawings, along with animation, dramatic adventures, and lots of fun. 2005, Random House Children's Books, Ages 7 to 10.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
In a graphic novelette illustrated in minimal, twocolor style, the Holms introduce a small, klutzy mouse with a very big imagination. Babymouse compensates for the lack of glamour, excitement and adventure in her everyday life by mentally casting herself as Queen, as a space explorer, as star of "Babymouse vs. the Squid," and more at the drop of a hatall while fretting that she hasn't been invited to nemesis Felicia Furrypaws' slumber party. But, finally trading her book report for an invitation, she discovers that the party's a mean and gossipy boreso it's off to steady friend Wilson the Weasel's for cupcakes and a horror movie. Young readers will happily fall in line to follow Babymouse through both ordinary pratfalls ("Typical!" is her watchword) and extraordinary flights of fancyboth of which continue in Babymouse, Our Hero ($5.95, ISBN 0375832300; PLB $12.99, ISBN 0375932305). (Graphic fiction. 79)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417726998
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Babymouse Series, #1
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
91
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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