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 Babymouse : queen of the world! #1 (Babymouse)
 Author: Holm, Jennifer L.

 Publisher:  Random House (2005)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 91 p., ill., 19 cm.

 BTSB No: 460006 ISBN: 9780375932298
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Popularity -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Mice -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $15.89

An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Holm, Matthew

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 104176

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 2.RF Fluency
   Grade 3 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 3.RF Fluency

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/05)
   Booklist (12/01/05)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/05)
 The Hornbook (01/06)

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Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2005 A new hero emerges in these graphic novels about the resolute mouse, Babymouse, who faces the average third-grade set of problems with an audacious sense of humor and a vivid imagination. In Babymouse: Queen of the World!, she’s underwhelmed by her mundane grade-school existence, where the highlights are “an overdue library book and a locker that stuck.” Initially sure that the popular crowd, especially Felicia Furrypants, represents the thrills she craves, she ultimately realizes that her best friend, Wilson, and their usual Friday night monster movie are all she needs for a great life. In Babymouse: Our Hero, the two main challenges are fractions and dodgeball. Concluding that math class is like a prison sentence and “Prisoner #587 3/4 had been sentenced for life,” Babymouse envisions herself being found guilty of not showing her work, sitting in her cell scratching equations into the cinderblock walls, and planning a daring escape through a tunnel that unfortunately lands her back in class. Her abhorrence of dodgeball, however, presents an obstacle that even Babymouse can’t daydream her way through. Although she does save the day after Wilson is downed, Babymouse’s moment of heroism is interrupted by the realization that vanquished bullies are rarely gracious losers. The artwork is simple and accessible; the black lines are sturdy yet energetic, and pink accents indicate Babymouse’s frequent daydream sequences and add touches of color. The sometimes sarcastic and always informative contrast between the understated narrative captions and the high-energy speech bubbles of the characters helps establish the separation between the way life appears to adults and the way it actually feels to children. Graphic novels for the early elementary set are rare, and this humorous and adventurous series will be snapped up. - Copyright 2005 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 12/01/2005 In this energetic comic by a brother-sister team (Jennifer's Our Only May Amelia was a Newbery Honor Book), Babymouse, a wise-cracking rodent stand-in for your average, adventure-seeking nine-year-old, strives to capture popular Felicia's goodwill, finally achieving her end at the expense of Wilson Weasel, truest of friends. But, wouldn't you know it, Felicia's world has little to offer a smart, fun-loving mouse, after all. The Holms spruce up some well-trod ground with breathless pacing and clever flights of Babymouse's imagination, and their manic, pink-toned illustrations of Babymouse and her cohorts vigorously reflect the internal life of any million-ideas-a-minute middle-school student. - Copyright 2005 Booklist.

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