Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009


If you aren't aware, my sister, Jenni, writes things besides BABYMOUSE. (Two of them even got shiny silver stickers on their covers.) But she also did a great book that Elicia Castaldi illustrated, called MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN MEATLOAF. Elicia gives the skinny on how she created the book's intricate illustrations in this interview at the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award committee's blog.

Also, author/illustrator Katie Davis (who, by the way, I didn't realize was such a cutie), included Jenni's YA thriller, THE CREEK in the Halloween edition of her regular book segment on WTNH TV:

A nice little shout out to BABYMOUSE, too. Thanks!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Get me some math!"

Funniest reaction to BABYMOUSE: DRAGONSLAYER ever, by young Iris:

... I'm telling you this book was made for my math-despising child[, Iris]. After devouring it, she threw it down and searched her entire bedroom for anything related to mathematics, exclaiming, "Mommy, I want to do math so bad now, but all I have is this book! I'm dying to do some math! Get me some math!"
50 CCs of Math! Stat!

UPDATE: Don't miss Iris's earlier fan art!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Whoa! Portland author Laini Taylor nominated for National Book Award!

Fellow Portland Kidlitter and notable pink-haired new mom Laini Taylor is one of the privilged few nominees for the National Book Award!

Her latest (well, Silksinger came out at the same time, so close enough) book, Lips Touch is one of the 5 finalists in the Young People's Literature category.

Way to go, Laini!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Reading is sexy

That's what Wacky Mommy sez:

Highlights of This Year’s Wordstock, by Wacky Mommy
October 11th, 2009

... 6) Hearing Matthew Holm (of Babymouse! fame) speak. He writes them with his sister, Jennifer. More sexy siblings! One of the vendors had a button on that said, “Reading is sexy.” She is so right. Writing books is sexy, too.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Superhero Facebook Updates

Even superheroes are now on Facebook. My favorite status update is from the Punisher:

Aww. Who knew he was such a cuddly guy?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kids pick TWO Babymouse books for the 2009 Children's Choices List!

From Reading.org:

What Is the Children's Choices Project?

Each year 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 500 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project of a joint committee supported by IRA and The Children's Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers, but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

Both BABYMOUSE: PUPPY LOVE and BABYMOUSE: MONSTER MASH made the list this year!

Young Readers (Grades 3–4)

Babymouse #8: Puppy Love
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. New York: Random House Children's Books.

Babymouse has had her challenges with pets, but she is certain getting a dog will be different. Pet owners and other readers will laugh themselves silly with her rationalization and side comments about owning a pet. The graphic novel format in this book works well for beginning readers who are in transition to chapter books. The book naturally generates many pet stories, too. (Team 4)

Babymouse #9: Monster Mash
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. New York: Random House Children's Books.

This book, in the popular Babymouse series, takes place prior to and during Halloween. In this episode, Babymouse feels forced to give into some bullies who expect her to do as they tell her—a situation that many children find familiar. The graphic format of this book series is attractive to reluctant readers. It is a good book for discussing bully behavior and alternative ways of problem solving when faced with bad situations. (Team 4)

UPDATE: Here's a PDF of the whole list.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Awesomest Review Ever

Just saw the most awesome—or rather, awesomest—review of BABYMOUSE: DRAGONSLAYER over at young Ysabela Golden's blog, Awesome Things:

The most ausomest book ever that contains math ever!

Baby Mouse Dragon slayer! Baby Mouse is a mouse (I'm betting you already figured that out.)... Walks on two legs, Has a thing for cupcakes, and is horrible at math. Which is tough because her teacher signed her up for the M-Athletes who are just about to compete in the math tournament to bring the "Golden Slide Rule" back from the "Owlgorithisoms" to it's right place in their school. How does all this fit in with Dragons? Baby Mouse has a thing for reading. And this book includes obvious references to some well known classic tales my favorite part in this story being an obvious reference when some fur coats and snow appear in her locker. Baby Mouse is a graphic novel series with a more books in it then I care to count. ...

This series made me laugh and ask my parents "This line doesn't mean anything does it? does it?! DOES IT?!!!" And trust me - this is as good as it gets.