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Queen of the World! (Babymouse #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,896 Ratings  ·  559 Reviews
It's the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws's exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: " Queen of the World, a graphic novel w ...more
96 pages
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 2005)
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Jubilation Lee
Poor Babymouse. No time to read any of her fantastic Adventure books because of stupid homework, cursed with curly whiskers that refuse to be sleek and smooth, lacking a steady diet of cupcakes… it’s a hard life she’s leading. Clearly she needs to become Queen of the World and rule over all she surveys.

There’s just one hitch, before that can happen. Babymouse needs—with every fiber of her being—she NEEDS to get invited to Felicia Furrypaws sleepover party. It. Must. Happen. Because of course on
Oct 12, 2008 Keli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Imaginative and sassy Baby Mouse works hard to earn an invitation to Felicia Furrypaws' slumber party only to discover she prefers the company of her old friend to the popular crowd.


The cartoon-like graphics and pink and black coloring is sure to appeal to young and preteen girls. The protaganist goes to school, is stuck with curly wiskers and has an annoying little brother. This familiar world is is broken up with wild day dreams where Baby Mouse finds herself fighting a giant squ
Rebecca McNutt
This book is somewhat funny at times, but it's extremely predictable even for a middle-grade story, Babymouse herself is spoiled, entitled and annoying, and the book is very repetitive. I can't honestly say that I really liked it at all.
Babymouse has such a boring life. The same thing happens every day. She gets up, fusses with her curly whiskers, fights with her locker that always sticks, and wishes she could be Felicia Furrypaws' friend. Felicia is the most popular girl at school and she won't give Babymouse the time of day.

When Felicia starts handing out invitations to a slumber party, Babymouse is determined to do whatever it takes to get one. She knows a sleepover at Felicia's house is going to be the most exciting thing s
I guess I should be honest and state that if this book had not been chosen as one of our monthly reads in the Children's Literature Group for February (we will be discussing two graphic novels), I would NEVER have chosen Queen of the World for myself. While I can definitely appreciate the themes presented and mildly like the often clever intertextuality (featuring fairy tales, science fiction and the like), I really do NOT like the illustrations at all and actually consider them annoying and gra ...more
Elizabeth Murphy
I have read several of the Babymouse books growing up. I read them when I was in middle school, but they are actually meant for grades 2-5, which I definitely could understand when reading them. They were quick and easy reads when I was reading them in middle school, and I think they would have been the same when I was in fourth or fifth grade. These graphic novels are great for children in elementary and middle school though because they keep the reader engaged. I think these books are more gea ...more
My students get more exited about Babymouse books than they do candy, so I simply had to see what all the hype was about despite my general dislike for graphic novels. The format just doesn't appeal to me, but I'm all for any book that gets my kids excited, so I gave it a go by reading it aloud to my 4 year old. First of all, I have to say... reading a comic book aloud is pretty awkward in my opinion, but my daughter seemed to follow along just fine and loved the story. When we got to the end, w ...more
Melanie Soble
Dec 09, 2011 Melanie Soble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. This book would fall under the category of a junior book, graphic novel.
2. Babymouse wants desperately to be part of the popular crowd. When the most popular girl in school is throwing a slumber party, Babymouse wants to be included. She gives up her book report to score the invite, but is the party what she dreams it will be?
3. critique
a. The strongest part of this book is its limited words and illustrations.
b. Graphic novels seem to usually be geared towards boys, so it is great that th
Eve Victor
In all honesty, I had a hard time thinking that this book was going to catch my interest at all. However, as I went through the pages I realized I could finish this book walking away with an interesting story. I found it odd that "graphic novels" were seen as interesting or educational. But then when finishing the book I got a new sense of understanding for how to fully define a graphic novel and definitely enjoyed this. I would say the book is probably for older(ish) readers who are intersted i ...more
Ch_beth Rice
Jan 30, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Babymouse: Queen of the World! is the adventures of a tween aged mouse who longs for the glamour, excitement, and adventure she finds in the books she loves. In the graphic novel, written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Babymouse struggles with the day to day issues most intermediate and middle school students encounter and escapes these moments with her powerful imagination. In this first book of the series, Babymouse wants desperately to be invited to a sleepover of the p ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
I knew that sooner or later that we'd get around to reading the Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. I had even read one of the books in the series with one of our oldest's classmates when I visited the class during reading time. But I was a bit surprised when our youngest picked up the story and our oldest had no interest at all.

This is a quick read and a surprisingly good lesson about true friendship. The story is interesting and I like the narrator's numerous injects into t
Amber Clapper
Nov 16, 2011 Amber Clapper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was not really a fan of this book. I think it is cool that it is set up like a comic book and I think that children will really like that. I did not enjoy it because I feel like the mouse is a little diva and I tend to not like stories like that. In the end I guess it is good that the mouse realizes that she should have stood by her best friend’s side the entire time and that is a good lesson. I didn’t like that randomly throughout the story she goes off into her own little adventure land and ...more
Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm (2005)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Book
Plot summary: An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available): Smith, Robin L. Horn Book Magazine , September/October 2008, Vol. 84 Issue 5, p587-587
Matthew Salazar
Nov 16, 2011 Matthew Salazar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was interesting how the book is illustrated in black, white, and pink. I personally didn't like this book because I had trouble relating to a young girl who wants to hang out with the cool girls. Although I found the book somewhat funny at points. I think this book can be used in a class room to teach students that sometimes the grass may look greener on the other side until you get to the other side. In the book babymouse wanted to go to one of the cool girls birthday party but she ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Brigida rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is a graphic novel concerning the adventures and daily life of BABYMOUSE. In this book, she wants to the the queen of the world. She's not quite happy leading the boring life she thinks she's living. One day she is invited to a sleepover but at this sleepover realizes that her life was never boring to being with. In fact, it was that moment she felt she was truly the queen of her domain. With this in mind, she ditches the sleepover and goes to her friend's house to watch horror movies ...more
Jan 28, 2013 L13_Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Many will love this graphic novel. In this edition of this graphic novel series, Babymouse finds herself tired of her day-to-day schedule, as she feels like it is lacking glam. She feels like there should be more to her life than just a jammed locker, and boring daily chores. Babymouse makes her new goal to be invited to the most popular girl’s sleepover party. With that goal in mind, Babymouse faces some tough decisions. Pre-teens and teens, especially girls, will love this book. They will be a ...more
Analissa Cox
Apr 02, 2012 Analissa Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I read a graphic novel since Captian Underpants and I thought this was witty and hilarious. I love babymouse and her determination to become popular becasue it puts her into some conflicting desicions. this is a good book for kids who feel like they need to 'fit in' when really they are fine how they are. In a comical and clever way Holm teaches readers a lesson of self acceptance. Babymouse's character is definitely one to love because she is so sassy sometimes, which yo ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Babymouse is an adorable mouse who dreams of being the Queen of the World. She is imaginative and creative and the authors capture this in their graphic comic illustrations in black, white and pink. Babymouse has a friend named Wilson the Weasel and they love to watch movies together. In an attempt to try and fit in at school, Babymouse must decide between going to cool girl Felicia's sleepover or spending time with her friend. I found Babymouse to be a character that middle school children coul ...more
Gary Butler
Apr 19, 2015 Gary Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
29th book read in 2015.

Number 280 out of 457 on my all time book list.

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Sophia C
Mar 12, 2014 Sophia C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Danielle Rapoli
Summary/Review: Babymouse desperately wants to be invited to the slumber party. She doesn 19t like who she is and tries hard to impress her 1Cfriends. 1D The cute, little mouse is imaginative as she dreams up different sequences as she copes with what happens around her. The book lends itself to the theme of accepting who you are and not trying to be someone you 19re not. Uses in classroom: 1.Lesson on self esteem and friendship. 2. Inferencing lessons (more advanced than Owly, but a good next s ...more
Sarah Zablotney
Title: Babymouse Queen of the World!
Author: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): Friendship, Conflict and Resolution, Imagination
Opening line/sentence: “Ringg! Rinnggg!!! Fwap! Are you getting up, Babymouse?”
Brief Book Summary: Babymouse wants to be glamorous and popular, when she finds out that the most popular girl in school, Felicia Furrypaws, is having a slumber party she will do anything to go to the invitation to the slumber party. Babymouse gives Felicia her b
Keith Irwin
Nov 08, 2015 Keith Irwin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica Schuerman
May 11, 2015 Jessica Schuerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
(Graphic Novel)
This book was interesting to read. It starts out with a mouse who does the same thing every day. she has to go to a school where she doesn't fit in. All she ever wants is to be the queen of the school, but she knows that will never happen. She tries so hard to fit in with everyone else in the school, but she doesn't have the perfect whiskers like they do. The mouse gives the cat her report just so she can fit in and get an invite to the sleep over. That is where she realizes it's
May 02, 2015 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
BabyMouse Queen of the World, written by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, is a great read; filled with wonderful illustrations, and a positive message for anyone reading the story.
The story of "Queen of the world"demonstrates to us our protagonist, BabyMouse, attempting to fit in with the cool girls in school and trying to gain an invite to "the slumber party." However, BabyMouse finds herself torn between going to the sleep over, or keeping her plans to see a movie with her best friend-Wilson the wie
Shelby Summerville
Babymouse, Queen of the World! is a fun graphic novel about a mouse in middle school and her adventures. In this first book we meet Babymouse as she is waking up for the school day. She wakes up, gets dressed, brushes her whiskers, eats breakfast and then catches the bus. She felt her life lacked excitement. She was stuck with things she did not want like a stuck locker and trash duty. She wanted to be queen of the world! But someone else was already queen, Felicia Furrypaws. Babymouse and Felic ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graphic novels are very different from picture books. In this graphic novel named “Babymouse: Queen of the world”, which is about Babymouse a cute girly mouse who wanted to become the queen of the world. To achieve this Babymouse wanted to become friends with Felicia, and go to her slumber party. She chased her around and tried to talk to her, nothing worked until one day Felicia asked Babymouse to give her the homework that was due on that day, and so she did. Babymouse got in trouble but it di ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Helaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Babymouse Queen of the World is an entertaining and whimsical children's graphic novel that follows Babymouse, a young character who finds her typical daily boring life as a big dilemma. The author tells the funny story of Babymouse on her pursuit to establish some glam, excitement, and adventure in her life by getting invited to a slumber party hosted by school popularity, Felicia Furrypaws. She accomplishes this goal which leads to her realizations that she has unintentionally neglected to con ...more
Kira Caillouet
In this graphic novel, the main character BabyMouse desires to like the popular Felicia Furrypaws to escape her “typical” life. When she invites her to a sleepover, Babymouse has to make a choice between associating with the popular kids of her loyal best friend, Wilson the Weasel. In most literature, weasels are sneaky and untrustworhy but Holm and Holm turn this popular stereotype on his head. Based on our classroom discussion, Babymouse can be analyzed from different approaches. If one uses t ...more
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra
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