Book: Babymouse #17: Extreme Babymouse
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Illustrator: Matt Holm
Age Range: 7 and up
What more is there to be said about Babymouse than what I have said already (Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon, Babymouse: Puppy Love, Babymouse: Heartbreaker, Babymouse: Dragonslayer, Babymouse: Beach Babe)? Each of these graphic novels for younger kids is a delight from start to finish. Babymouse #17: Extreme Babymouse is no exception. In this installment, the intrepid Babymouse turns her hand to snowboarding. Well, ok, technically she is driven to try snowboarding after all of her classmates become board obsessed, and she feels left out. But whatever. That's a technicality. She brings her patented blend of imagination and frustration to the slopes.
Some highlights for me in Extreme Babymouse included:
- A nod to Jarret Krosoczka's Lunch Lady (see Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown and Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit).
- A cousin for Babymouse's always challenging locker.
- An inner voice that requests cupcakes.
- A magic carpet fantasy inspired by attempting to ride a snowboard.
As always, I love the narrator's deadpan insertions. In this book, I giggled over "I think we need some duct tape over here" after a humpty-dumpty-like wipeout. I was also delighted to see the sun and a cloud chiming in with their observations on the fall.
Not to risk getting spoiler-y, but I really liked the ending of this one. While maintaining a light touch, and staying true to character, the authors give Babymouse the chance to grow a little bit. And that, as they say, is extreme. Highly recommended for fans of the series, and for anyone who could use a good laugh. You don't need to read the Babymouse books in order (although certain jokes do recur, rewarding loyal readers). I can't wait until Baby Bookworm is old enough to enjoy these.
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (@RandomHouseKids)
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Source of Book: Review copy from the publisher
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