Monday, January 18, 2010

Blog reviews: BABYMOUSE 10, 11, 12

Here's a round-up of recent online reviews of some BABYMOUSE books.

From Bookworming in the 21st Century:

Babymouse The Musical (#10)
by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm

... Review:
I have to say I love Babymouse. There's always a ton of references to either popular books or, in this case, musicals. Part of her day dreams involve "The Phantom of the Locker", Grease, and Annie. So adorable. I can see why these books keep flying off the shelf. They're funny, entertaining reads that kids can really relate to. Babymouse is the type of girl that always has bent whiskers and always ends up in a mess of some sort. Her catch phrase "Typical".

I like how the narrator of the story chimes in at times and has a conversation with Babymouse. These graphic novels are simple fantastic. This sibling team has created some of the best graphic novels I've read. I love the black, white, and pink theme in each book (or orange for the Halloween one!). I think Babymouse is a character anyone can relate to and that is why it appeals to kids so much!

Definitely a must-read.

Babymouse: Dragonslayer (#11)
by Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm

... Review:
Another fun adventure with Babymouse! There are a ton of awesome literary references in this graphic novel, including The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Lord of the Rings. Of course, Felicia Furrypaws is the Witch in that daydream. I have to say watching all of the fantasy daydreams was great fun. Again, you really have to laugh at all the daydreams that Babymouse has - what an imagination!

You're always rooting for Babymouse and she never seems to lack confidence for too long before bouncing back to her normal self. A great series for struggling readers and lovers of graphic novels.

And over at Comic Book Bin:

Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber
By Leroy Douresseaux

... THE LOWDOWN: With lighthearted writing by sister, Jennifer, and a loose, energetic sequential narrative art by brother, Matthew, Babymouse not only typifies how much fun comic books can be, but it also exemplifies the wide visual and graphic storytelling possibilities of comics. A Babymouse book is always a romp through the title character’s active imagination, but there is usually time for honest examples of teamwork, friendship, and hard work. Babymouse also learns to do unto others as she would have them do onto her. However, the stories are such a joy that the character building often seems like a mere bonus in this well-crafted kids’ graphic novel series.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Children who read comics will like Babymouse, and the series is also a good way to introduce other young readers to the medium.

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