Babymouse: Queen of the World!
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
AR Level 2.2, 0.5 points
Jennifer L. Holm is the author of several other awesome books, including The Fourteenth Goldfish and Sunnyside Up, books I’ve read and blogged about. She is also super nice to her fans and took a picture with my friend and I after signing our books at the Book Fest. I’ve heard of Babymouse, but I never had a desire to pick it up for my class, because it is only at a 2.2 and isn’t particularly challenging or engaging for a sixth grader. HOWEVER, my almost-first grader is obsessed with “big kid books” and I thought there’s no better time to get her started on quality literature! We picked this up for her, and she’s determined to read it, even if it is a bit over her head. She will get there, and she will love it. 🙂
Babymouse: Queen of the World! is about a mouse with a big imagination. She loves her best friend, cupcakes, good books, and horror movies. She wears a dress with a heart on it and creates fictional situations for herself. Babymouse desperately wants to be invited to a slumber party hosted by a popular cat. All of the other animals are going, and she tries to find ways to be popular or cool enough to get an invitation. When she does get invited, there are 2 problems: 1) it is the same night as her best friend’s movie night, and 2) she has to give her book report to the popular cat and she goes home with a note saying she didn’t do her assignment.
What I liked about this book was that it ends with a good message, and Babymouse goes to her friend’s house after realizing the popular cat was full of hot air. It’s also engaging and a great beginning graphic novel for those new to reading.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it could have taught more lessons. For example, Babymouse gave her homework to the popular cat. That’s cheating! She never got caught, either. Also, she could have been nicer to her friend instead of just showing up late. Maybe Holm just wanted to keep it a bit lighter and include only one theme so it didn’t get too overwhelming for younger readers, which totally makes sense.
Book 8 of 10 (summer goal)