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Queen of the World!

(Babymouse #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  17,080 ratings  ·  706 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 wit ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Random House Children's Books (first published 2005)
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Jennifer Barczak Typically, you'll read a graphical novel/comic in the normal left to right/top to bottom fashion. So you'll start with the first frame on the top left…moreTypically, you'll read a graphical novel/comic in the normal left to right/top to bottom fashion. So you'll start with the first frame on the top left side of the page, move to the frame to the right of it, and when you get to the end of the frames on the first row, move down to the next row and move left to right. Some pages may not quite follow this pattern, but you'll get the hang of when to adjust to a different pattern as you read more comics/graphic novels. (less)
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Jennifer Barczak Typically, you'll read a graphical novel/comic in the normal left to right/top to bottom fashion. So you'll start with the first frame on the top left…moreTypically, you'll read a graphical novel/comic in the normal left to right/top to bottom fashion. So you'll start with the first frame on the top left side of the page, move to the frame to the right of it, and when you get to the end of the frames on the first row, move down to the next row and move left to right. Some pages may not quite follow this pattern, but you'll get the hang of when to adjust to a different pattern as you read more comics/graphic novels. (less)

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Babymouse the series is really growing on me and I like it more and more. I like this beginning to the story. Babymouse wants to be popular and hang out with the popular girls in school. When she gets her wish, she is bored and not having fun. She figures it out in the end.

A quick and fun read. I'm not much a fan of the art, but it tells the story.

There are now 20 volumes, so there is plenty to read. Onward.
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 last February (we were discussing two graphic novels), I would NEVER have chosen Jennifer L. Holm's Queen of the World for myself. While I can appreciate the themes presented and mildly like the often clever intertextuality (featuring fairy tales, science fiction and the like), I really do NOT like Matthew Holm's illustrations at all and actually consider ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 12, 2008 rated it really liked it

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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a good comic for younger kids.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this for youth lit. Cute. Very cute. I like how Babymouse has these daydreams in the middle of things. I think they are my favorite part.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The lesson in this book is do not act like someone you are not because it can get you into trouble
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
So it appears that I am reading Babymouse out of order...oh her just the same.
Michelle Przekop
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
For my English Lit class for future teachers we had to choose a book series for children to read at least two of. When choosing my series books to read for the class, I was instantly drawn to the Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm. To be quite honest, the reason I chose the Babymouse series was because I had already read the first one when it first came out (I must have been eleven at the time). To me, this seems a bit embarrassing because it seems like such an easy read (and yes, it is) and i ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a sentence I would say BABYMOUSE is an honest book about the daily life of a sweet sassy mouse who is slowly discovering her values and who she is.

“Late again, I see. What was it this time? Locker try to eat you?” The quote you just read is from the one and only BABYMOUSE series, specifically BABYMOUSE QUEEN OF THE WORLD, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Let me start off by saying these books are so hard to put down, they are too relatable, and so funny. Through the series you follow ma
Elizabeth Bishop
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
Marisa Ramirez
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book! 10 minute read, funny, cute, includes some sort of lesson- for all ages! I recommend (: Also the illustrations are amazing and the narration interaction is adorable!

Babymouse wants to attend a slumber party at Felicia Furrypaws house because everyone who is anyone is going to be there. She goes through a series of obstacles to be invited, but none of her plans get her invited. Last minute, Felicia tells her that she forgot to complete her essay and asks Babymouse for hers, so, desper
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
I thought Babymouse was a truly inspirational character to young kids. Sometimes with inspirational characters it can be hard to relate but Holm creates a character who is so relatable I found myself completely intrigued. Not to mention, the creativity put into every page made it impossible for me to put the book down. Baby mouse teaches us life lessons we didn't even know we needed. With that being said, I feel like it was almost to quick of a read for me.... but that's just me.
I think this
Melanie Soble
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica Maldonado
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a cute book to read, and very easy to follow. It is written in a comic-book manner, and I feel would appease girls and boys. This story that I read is about a cute little mouse named Babymouse. She is kind of critical about her whiskers because they are curly, but she seems like any normal, little girl mouse. She gets to school and sees that the most popular girl in school is having a slumber party. She wants so badly to go, but doesn't get an invite, until Babymouse does som ...more
Maria Grigoras
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Babymouse Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm tells the story of Babymouse who finds her life boring and irritating; she has so much homework, an annoying brother, and curly whiskers. At school, she hears about the slumber party the most popular girl is having and she really wants to go. During the day, she daydreams about her expectations and fun things. Babymouse had recently made plans with her best friend, Wilson the Weasel. However, she goes to the slumber party and realizes that the gi ...more
Eve Victor
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2012 added it
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
Sandra Helmuth
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this series because of the positive attitude of the characters and how to overcome failure without negative results. I also enjoyed the black and white comic strip style with pink sprinkled throughout all the stories. It adds to the world of BabyMouse and her adventures. I would use this book as a building block for my students to start their passion for reading and to help them establish AR testing if my school requires it. It is a visually stimulating book, so it could also help thos ...more
Ricky Delgado-Martinez
Sep 22, 2017 is currently reading it
Babymouse #1 Queen of the World!
Author: Jennifer L. Holm Illustrator: Matthew Holm

Desperation takes over the life of Babymouse as she seeks the “ultimate prize,” which will definitely put her popularity at an all-time high. The prize? A simple invitation to that girl who she secretly despises, Felicia Furrypaws, slumber party. While desperation is not one of her best qualities because, after all, Babymouse can accomplish just about anything, she finds her loyalty also comes into question when he
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Ch_beth Rice
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Amber Clapper
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Analissa Cox
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

Babymouse: Queen of the World had a lot of cool things going for it. I also loved that Babymouse was unapologetically herself throughout the whole book. I love that it's a comic and that it is more geared towards young girls. I think that it's important for young girls to know that this style of book is not always selective in their target audience, that there's a graphic novel/comic out there for everyone.
Because of the style this book is written in I'd definitely use it as some sort of base f
Matthew Salazar
Nov 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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