It's been a good day in Babymouse world. There are a number of cool things happening on a number of fronts, none of which I can really talk about at this point, unfortunately. But the thing that was just the capper, was the post from Library Voice entitled, "What’s the Deal with all these mice?" It made me laugh harder than I have in a while.
A mom, whose 9-year-old daughter is a regular at my branch, came up to the Children’s Information Desk recently and threw down several books on my desk: a few Babymouse volumes and MouseGuard: Fall 1152. After drawing my undivided attention by slamming said books on my desktop, she looked at me expectantly. Keep in mind that this is a relatively nice, mild-mannered woman who generally speaks softly and has never had an issue with me or the library in the past.
“Can I help you?” I ask.
“Yes, I just wanted to point something out to you that I think is a problem. What’s the deal with all these mice?”
“I mean, not to be a troublemaker or anything, but I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to have so many children’s books with mouse characters. Mickey Mouse- he’s okay. That’s one thing. But all the rest of these mice? I mean, it’s not right. Kids will get the wrong idea. They are flithy, dirty, disease carriers.”
“I’ll tell you what’s going to happen. A child will see a mouse at home run across the floor and they might go to pick it up or play with it. Because they think it’s cute. Because of all this.” [gesturing to the pile of Babymouse books].
The moral of the story: Don't touch Babymouse.
(Not even a little hug??)
UPDATE: More coverage over at lisachellman.com.