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A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer L. Holm
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This is one of the season's must-read novels! Readers will delight in Babymouse's antics, and fondly remember when there was that one present they just had to have. For Babymouse, it is a Whiz Bang. She will not be happy until she gets one! She tries everything she can think of, and even dreams of Sugarplum dancing Whiz Bangs. However, when she does finally get her Whiz Bang, the batteries are not included! Thus, she spends an enjoyable evening playing with her little sister and parents with the new mouse house her little sister received. It is there that she realizes that spending time with her family is more fun than the latest gadget.

This graphic novel is great for reluctant readers and for readers that are reluctant to try graphic novels. It has many familiar allusions to Christmas traditions; such as visiting Santa at the mall, and A Christmas Carol. The illustrations help to convey the character's feelings during the scenes. It is obvious when Babymouse is frustrated through her body language, and when she is excited. I also enjoy the conversation between the narrator and Babymouse. By breaking this fourth wall some enjoyable bickering between the two. The conversation also helps to highlight the fact that Babymouse is being greedy and ignoring the true meaning of Christmas. This novel has a good message, without being preachy. The only concern that I have is the only color used is pink, which might deter male readers from reading it. This novel is highly recommended for readers in grades 3-5.
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