"The best children's stories are wisdom dipped in art and words." -Peter Reynolds

Friday, January 31, 2014

Babymouse: Queen of the World!

Introducing…. BABYMOUSE: QUEEN OF THE WORLD! Ok, not really. But she sure wishes! Babymouse: Queen of the World is an entertaining graphic novel by siblings Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. It is the first of the series and was published in 2005.

Babymouse is about a creative, sassy girl mouse enduring the typical issues of adolescence. She wants so badly to fit in with her peers, particularly the most popular girl named Felicia Furrypaws. Babymouse has a childhood best friend named Wilson the weasel and they have a lot in common. One day, Babymouse discovers that Felicia is having a sleepover and it seems that most girls in her grade are invited. except Babymouse! She is obviously devastated and has multiple (and hilarious) daydream adventures about the issue. The opportunity arises for Babymouse to get invited to Felicia’s party when she is asked to give Felicia her book report that is due that day in return for an invite. Babymouse quickly jumps at the chance and doesn’t look back which in turn makes her forget that she already had plans that same evening with Wilson. Babymouse remembered her plans with Wilson later on but decided to go on with her popular girl sleepover anyway. However, at the sleepover Babymouse discovers that she is not interested in the same things as these popular girls and doesn’t have fun. In the end, Babymouse heads over to Wilson’s house to watch a movie like originally planned!

Finally, a graphic novel series for girls! This text is full of excitement and hilarity. It is sure to be a hit among young girls due to the pink theme, hearts, and relatable adolescent storyline. The illustrations are simple but with the right amount of details. I especially enjoyed all of the creative daydreams that Babymouse had in the text. They regularly included her as a hero protagonist and were a riot! These daydreams were illustrated with a predominant black background which made them easy to differentiate from the actual story line. However, I do wish there was a bit more color instead of just black, white, and pink but that may just be the artist in me.  As a teacher, I believe this series will be a big hit with my second graders, particularly the girls. I am going to conduct a book talk with them about this book on Monday and gauge their responses. I am always trying to expose them to new genres and I have not seen my students read this series yet.
 My favorite part of this graphic novel other than Babymouse’s hilarious and sassy personality is the message behind it. The message in this book is clear: stay true to who you are! Trying to be like everyone else will not make for a happy life. Trust your instincts, love your friends, and celebrate yourself! 

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