Babymouse + snowboard = many faceplants on the way to wisdom and cupcakes. In her 17th outing, Babymouse's yearning to join the latest craze at school actually results in a trip to Snowy Mountain--not to the plush resort itself, but to the cobwebby cabin of a family friend: "Where's the hot tub?" "I think you'll be lucky to have hot water, Babymouse." "Typical." It's a long day on the training slope ("What did you learn on your first day of snowboarding, Babymouse?" "The true meaning of pain"). A timely recollection of her instructor's cautionary "go at your own pace and always listen to your inner voice" keeps her out of deadly Half-Pipe Alley despite a sneering classmate's dare, leaving her enjoying a snack at the resort as the aforementioned tormentor wipes out big time. Presented in the customary mix of thick-lined drawings with pink highlights, easy-to-read dialogue in balloons and occasional interjections from the outside, the tale positively shreds its way down the narrative slope for an awesome stick. Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)
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."