Monday, August 6, 2007


Sounds like some sort of strange zombie that guards the card catalog. (Presumably because those things are so rare nowadays. Um, card catalogs, that is. Not zombies.) But there you have it: LibraryThing, which apparently is some conglomeration of book info. The site has a page on Queen of the World, with some reviews (professional and amateur) that I don't remember seeing before, including this one of the UK edition of QOW:

Clive Barnes, Books for Keeps No. 159, July 2006

"HarperCollins launches its assault on the graphic novel market in Britain with a new departure: Babymouse, a cartoon character with appeal to pre-pubescent girls. In these American import titles, Babymouse suffers some of the usual angst of school life (States side anyway), in feeling not part of the in-crowd and having to face up to the rigours of dodge ball. She endures and triumphs by drawing on the wells of inner strength and true friendship, and by enjoying a full fantasy life, in which she imagines herself as the heroine of a variety of cinematic pastiches, from pioneer western to prison drama. The books are a chunky paperback size, mainly in bold black and white, but with significant touches of pink. The fantasy sequences are really pink, and a pink heart surrounds each page number; but the totally twee is kept at bay by the down to earth humour of the sister (author) and brother (illustrator) team and their appreciation of some of the real anxieties of school life. Could this be the female Captain Underpants? Perhaps. I can’t help hoping that Babymouse’s boyfriend, who’s a weasel, discovers his true nature soon." (from CLCD)
 Award & Distinctions:
o Gryphon Award Honor Book 2006
o Notable Children’s Books 2006
o Top 10 Graphics Novels for Youth, 2006

I like that—an "assault on the graphic novel market in Britain." (And let me tell you—the British graphic novel market is a tough battle. The Normans had an easer time.) But I've gotta say, not loving the "pre-pubescent" tag. That's a term that should only be used in Health class, in my opinion.

And what does he mean by, "I can’t help hoping that Babymouse’s boyfriend, who’s a weasel, discovers his true nature soon." What's his true nature? Is there some sort of X-men thing going on here that I don't know about? When he reaches puberty (post-pubescent), is he going to be able to fly or throw dodgeballs at twice the speed of sound or something?

Oh—and the best capsule review of QOW ever:

Babymouse discovers Felicia Furrypaws isn't very nice.

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