Meet Babymouse--the spunky mouse beloved by young readers for more than a decade! Babymouse wants an invite to the hottest slumber party in town. But will she forget all about her plans with her best friend? This groundbreaking young graphic novel, full of humor and fun, is the first in the bestselling series that’s sold more than three million copies!
"Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!"— The Chicago Sun-Times
It's the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The fame?!? 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 #1: Queen of the World!
This addition includes a guide to drawing Babymouse!
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Jennifer L. Holm is the NEW YORK TIMES-bestselling children's author of THE LION OF MARS and THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH. She is the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE and a Scott O'Dell Award for her novel FULL OF BEANS.
Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series which has more than 3.4 million books in print (!) and the bestselling Squish series. SQUISH is now an animated tv series on HBO MAX!
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 (and no, I will of course also not be bothering with any of the Babymouse sequels either).
For while I can to a very small extent appreciate the themes presented in Queen of the World and do enjoy the often clever intertextuality (featuring fairy tales, science fiction and the like), I really do NOT AT ALL find Matthew Holm's illustrations visually appealing and actually consider them rather massively annoying and aesthetically grating. Thus any and all potential and actual reading pleasure with regard to Babymouse’s antics and friendship struggles very quickly started to majorly wane, as indeed, I felt continuously distracted by both the annoying graphics and the general lack of text in Queen of the World, and was therefore constantly missing and then searching for (in fact rather essential) narrative information (information that was often hidden in the illustrations and thus hard for me to grasp and fully comprehend).
I just cannot seem to really warm up to graphic novels (and since I almost always think in words, in text, and not in pictures, too much of the latter usually tends to both vex and confound me). Now I actually did manage to finish Queen of the World, but I do remain profoundly unsatisfied and more and more convinced that most graphic novels, while appealing to many, most definitely are NOT so much for me (and I guess the fact that I have never much liked stories featuring anthropomorphic mice does not much help either, as the entire scenario of a weirdly illustrated murine main protagonist named Babymouse is just not at all my cup of reading tea). .
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 squid in her locker or travelling through space. However, when she wins herself an invitation to the popular girl's slumber party on the night of plans with her truest of friends, she finds herself faced with a very real world issue: stand up her friend or give up her chance at popularity. When Baby Mouse makes the descision that many girls would make, she finds herself bored and surrounded by people with whom she has little in common. But the final message is a positive one. She chooses to be true to herself and her friend.
The positive message and familiar scenes in the cartoon world make this book approachable for younger kids. It may not have a lot of appeal with boys or the older range in their target audience. But it's an excellent graphic novel for younger girls.
Booklist This comprehensive review gives and excellent overview of the plot and the mood of the mood of the book. I only disagree with the target audience stated in the review. This review states that it would be of interest to middle school kids, but I feel that the appeal is far younger.
Publisher's Weekly The PW review covers both Queen of the World and its sequel, Our Hero. PW believes the target audience for these books is closer to the age range I would recommend. Overall it's effective at giving a good idea of what the book is like with appropriate quotes and descriptions of the pictures.
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Published in 2005 by Random House Children's Books
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 she has ever done in her life. How could it not be? Felicia is SO cool!!!
How far will Babymouse go to get an invitation? I wonder if she'll regret her decisions?
I loved that Babymouse is a big reader. It really is evident in her wild imagination. Interspersed throughout the story are elaborate "dream sequences" where Babymouse pictures herself in an imaginary world doing exciting things related to what is going on in her life at the time. Babymouse is a delightful little girl.
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 it definitely is at a much lower reading level than an eleven year old should be reading, but I was drawn to its fun colors and cute characters.
I read the first book in the series, Babymouse: Queen of the World, so many times it is ridiculous. So to satisfy my inner eleven year old I had to choose Babymouse as my series books for the class. In order to avoid rereading Babymouse: Queen of the World for the billionth time, I picked up the sequel, Babymouse: Our Hero and the third book, Babymouse: Beach Babe.
The Sequel is a cute story about Babymouse not wanting to play dodgeball because the last time she did she lost and was embarrassed. The third book is about Babymouse going on a vacation to the beach and she doesn’t have fun because she is playing by herself (and wont play with her younger brother) but once she realizes that her little brother is her best playmate they do everything together. Looking at the stories now, I can see why I liked the Babymouse book so much even at eleven years old. Babymouse stories are full of life lessons and relatable situations for children. Even now I was smiling reading the Beach Babe book because I could relate. My younger brother is my best friend! Sure we don’t do as much together anymore, but we came up with games, stories, art, basically everything together growing up. I thought that it was a sweet story.
Another aspect of this series that I really like is the prevalence of imagination. Babymouse has moments where her mind takes her to another world. She becomes a ‘mermouse’, an inmate, Peter Pan, and several other characters throughout each story. I think this is wonderful because I feel like it encourages the reader to really use their own imagination in a similar way after they finish the book.
I also really like the use of color in these books. Yes, it is all pink, black, and white. However, I think this use of color is what attracted me to this series in the first place at the age of eleven. Little girls (and I’m sure some little boys too!) love pink cutesy girly things. I think this design choice was a great one that really encourages girly girls to read!
I think the purpose of this series is to give the reader a little life lesson in a fun/funny way. The dodgeball one talks about courage and facing your fears, and the beach one is about realizing that your sibling is your best friend. While I understand that older students will not be challenged by the reading, I do think that the life lessons (infused with a little whimsy and humor of course) are important ones that can be beneficial to nearly all age ranges.
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 main character Babymouse, her best friend Wilson, tall friend Georgie, “pesky” brother Squeak, and get to encounter a homework eating locker as well as mean girl FELICIA.
The first of the series I would say focuses on staying true to you and shows the strengths of friendship. With this particular book there is conversation going back and forth between Babymouse and the narrator; which I think is pretty cool because the reader gets to read into the main character’s thoughts BUT also gets a change in perspective. Each page is sincerely just a day-to-day description of her life at school. Oh, I forgot to mention, the setting takes place at her school and at FELICIA’s sleepover.
Babymouse just wants to be accepted and dreams of getting invited to FELICIA’S sleepover, that’s it. This simple yet relatable basis for the book is why I love it so much and read it in a matter of 30 minutes. DISCLAIMER: You can read the book in 10 minutes but I enjoyed looking at the small details in every picture, so it took me a little longer. I love this book so much because it instantly took me back to elementary school when the “popular” kids had sleepovers and swim parties!
This series is relatable to those in elementary, middle, high school, and college! While the book is pink and cute (one of the many reasons why I also like it) I feel that younger boys would enjoy reading it but it would be most popular with girls.
Overall, this book gives children, specifically girls, a voice and portrays them as independent and empowered. I plan on buying the rest of the series and placing them in class library. I could either see myself dedicating time to read it out loud since it is so short or recommending it to students who I notice having trouble accepting whom they are or feeling excluded.
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, desperately wanting to be invited to the slumber party, Babymouse agrees which results in her getting a notice to take home for not completing the assignment but also she gets an invitation-yay! Except there’s one problem-the slumber party is the same night she told her best friend Wilson she would watch a scary movie with him and eat cupcakes. What does she do? Babymouse decides to attend the slumber party. Upon her arrival, she realizes that all the girls want to do is talk. They don’t want to play games or do anything fun, all they want to do is sit around and gossip. Felicia Furrypaws isn’t the nicest person either. She makes Babymouse feel bad for honest accidental mistakes and orders her around to make everyone popcorn- how rude. Babymouse begins to feel remorseful about choosing the slumber party over her best friend of forever. She worries he will find a different best friend and realizes life without Wilson would be awful, “it would be like a cupcake without icing. A book without an ending. A dress without a heart…” (the only dress she wears has a heart, so that bad). Feeling that way, she decides she doesn’t like these girls anyways and shows them how she feels by dumping popcorn on Felicia Furrypaws head. SWEET REVENGE! (Although I think she could have just left politely, but she got her point across) Once that deed is done, she drags all her stuff in the rain to Wilsons house and he is completely forgiving- in a way she does hide the truth from him though and just says she was running late, but it was a happy ending of giant squids and cupcakes.
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 would be a PERFECT series for a student who has trouble finishing books. It is a quick read so could give them a great sense of accomplishment and hopefully with that comes a new found confidence in reading. The material is on the girly side BUT boys could also find it relatable. Who sticks to gender norms now-a-days anyways? Anyone, who has felt cast out by the "popular" crowd with an urging desire to be accepted can relate. And if we're all being honest with ourselves here that's all of us. Children, and even adults, can be forced into this need to fit in. There is this illusion that the "cool" kids have more fun, when half the time they aren't. This series gives a great insight to children showing them you don't have to be apart of the cool crowd to have fun. The central characters are Babymouse (the sassy daydreamer), Felicia Furrypaws (the queen bee we all love to hate but also wish we could be), and Wilson the Weasel (the loving best friend). These characters help create a great plot we can not help but read in one sitting. A great way to get more out of these books is to visit Babymouse at her website www.babymouse.com.
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 this series is constructed with girls as the target audience. The pictures are girly and the book is almost busting with bright pink to add to the comic. The authors chose to include just enough words to convey their message, but not so much that would bog down struggling readers. The pictures do show the reader the important things. c. What girl doesn’t like pink? Babymouse seems to love pink and hearts – with the addition of every girl’s dream – a desire to be queen of the world! By coloring the drawings with just pink and black, the intended audience is drawn into the girly world of Babymouse. 4. a curriculum connection This book is another must-have for my future classroom library. It is great for struggling readers and a great story about popularity. Some things are not what they seem to be!
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 something she shouldn't have done in class. Before even realizing it, she had also promised her best friend, Wilson the Weasel, that she would go to his house to watch movies. All the while her day has been going on, Babymouse daydreams the most fascinating and fun things that have to do with what's been going on, or what she expects to happen. She goes to the slumber party, realizing that these girls are not really her friends, and end up being mean to her. She takes the higher road, and realizes that she should have never ditched her best friend Wilson, tells the popular girl off, and goes to Wilson's house to watch movies with him. In doing this, Babymouse realizes that she is a Queen in her own way. A great lesson for any kid to learn.
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 girls there are mean. She ends up going to Wilson's house to watch movies and discovers she is a queen in her own unique way. Holm uses comic strips as illustrations in this graphic novel for kids. In this format, Holm presents the illustrations in black and white with speech bubbles on every page. Holm also adds a constant splash of pink to emphasize Babymouse's outgoing personality and vivid imagination. I liked this story not only because of the format, but because it portrays a pretty important lesson to children. Babymouse wanted to be like the popular girls, but at the end of the book she realizes she should just be herself and hangs out with her best friend.
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 those students stay on track with reading because of the art work. I would also have the students utilize the style of the book to create their own book with a particular color theme and a particular animal of their choosing and start creating their own adventure stories. I would also use this as my make for me to have a test run to see if it works for a classroom assignment that could be used through a whole week lesson plan.
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 popular Felicia and learns a great lesson on friendship and being happy with what you already have. I really enjoyed this book and its subtle humor. Its illustrations enhance the wild imagination and adventures of its heroine. It would be enjoyed by older students in intermediate grades and most likely girls who could relate to the emotions and escapades of Babymouse.
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 Section source used to find the material: In class recommendation from Christia, ALA Notable Children's book 2006, Laugh Along Favorites for Older Elementary (MCPL Booklist). Recommended age: Grades 1-3
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 you would expect from a mouse who I'm guessing is in middle school. I dont want to forget to mention that this story also shows the definition of a real friend.
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 able to relate to Babymouse and her tough decisions throughout the graphic novel and will love the structure of the book. The illustrations are detailed and fun!
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 for a creative writing activity in my future classroom. There's even downloadable comic strips that have blank speech bubbles for kids to create their own narratives.
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 could easily relate to. I just loved the drawings and the ultimate message.
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 geared towards females than males, but males could definitely enjoy them if they looked past the blue for boys and pink for girls stereotype. What is interesting about these books is how they are illustrated. The colors of the Babymouse books are strictly black, white, grey, and pink. You can see this on the cover's of the graphic novels, but it is the same throughout the rest of the books. This is something that could disinterest a reader, but the personality of Babymouse makes up for that in my opinion. Babymouse is very theatrical and she wants to be noticed. She wants to be "Queen of the World" in this graphic novel and a "Rockstar" or a "Beach Babe" in other editions of the series. What Baby Mouse really wants though, is to just be accepted and loved by her peers and by her family. Baby Mouse reminds me of a middle child in that she constantly wants to be noticed and gain attention of those around her and she will do so in some of the strangest of ways. Sometimes she is not noticed for what is good and is instead noticed for the bad things she is doing. This can get in the way of what she is trying to accomplish, but like most good children's books, the ending is happy and hopeful. I gave this graphic novel 3 stars because I love the illustrations and the colors used to illustrate it, and I also love Babymouse's relatable personality, but sometimes the dialogue was too simple in places where it could have been more complicated or too complicated where it could have been more simple. It's a quick read and a great series, but I think there could have been more done to appeal to a wider audience.
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 in reading. I liked all the pictures on the page, which obviously, is needed for a graphic novel. Every picture was cute and entertaining, and while sometimes I got confused because sometimes it would jump around, I enjoyed the book because it was just all around a cute story. The story is about a little mouse who wants to become queen of the school. She wants to be popular and well liked. Which many young girs can relate to alot. She has experiences that many girls can understand. It also shows girls that they don't need to be in the "it" crowd, because things are not always what they appear and people need to love and accept themselves for who they are.
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, where they advertise the next book in the series, she said, "Oh yes, we HAVE to get that one." Score!
I have to admit that I did like the message too. Be yourself. Don't sell yourself short. Find a true friend(s) and stick to them like glue. Don't compromise your principles to be in the "cool club." I'll be holding a 3rd grade book club with this book after Spring Break. It will be interesting to see how that goes. If my experience with my daughter is any indication, I predict that it will be a success!
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 her best friend, her BFF, Wilson the Weasel, expects her to watch monster movies with him on the very same night as Felicia’s slumber party. Will Babymouse stay loyal to her BFF or is the importance of being seen at Felicia’s slumber party more important to her?
This graphic novel will grab you as you take the roller coaster ride with Babymouse as she uses her imagination to solve the problems in her life. Which would you choose? Loyalty to your friend or moving up on the social ladder?
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 the tale. Our youngest read the book twice in one day and I'm sure that we'll quickly read through this series.
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 does her own thing. It doesn’t really make sense and is sort of confusing. I would not recommend anyone to read this story the only positive thing about it was its lesson and that same lesson can be taught in other books.