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Our Hero

(Babymouse #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,714 ratings  ·  195 reviews
For Babymouse, school is a constant battle between good (Babymouse), evil (Felicia Furrpaws), and more evil (gym class!). Can things get any worse? Yup. Because it’s time for the annual dodgeball tournament. What’s a mouse to do? Don’t miss the excitement in Babymouse: Our Hero!
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dodgeball. All about the horrors of Dodgeball. I had fun with this book. Babymouse comes through in the end. A great young graphic novel for kids. I still have fun reading them.
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In this story, Babymouse is faced with her greatest fear of all. Flashbacks immediately come into Babymouse's head about her insecurities with the game. In gym class, each student is forced to play the game and for....A GRADE! On the day of the game, Babymouse forgets her gym shoes at home and is left in her pink shoes. She is sliding all over the floor and feels like she made a big mistake! As the game continues, Babymouse and Felicia Furrypaws (the reigning champ) are left in the game. Low and ...more
Reading is my Escape
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2 and up, especially girls
In Babymouse: Our Hero, Babymouse tries to overcome her fear of dodgeball. During the story, Babymouse imagines herself as a hero who undergoes many trials, such as walking miles to school or becoming Babymouse-zilla, a monster who cannot be defeated by dodgeballs. The illustrations are cute and use black, white and pink colors.

The Babymouse series is about a mouse with messy whiskers and big dreams. She faces problems with the help of her imagination, her friends, and a bit of sass. The series
Gary Butler
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
41st book read in 2018.

Number 302 out of 701 on my all time book list.

Baby Mouse is as cute and funny as book 1.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brother & sister Jennifer & Matthew Holm team up to present this tale of a sassy little mouse with a bully problem. Babymouse drags her feet getting out of bed in the morning because she dreads gym, algebra and Felicia Furrypaws, a mean kitty who looks down on her. Faced with the threat that if she forgets her sneakers one more time, her poor marks in gym wil go on her permanent record, she enlists the help of her best buddy, a weasel named Wilson, to give her a refresher course in dodgeball. Sh ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this graphic novel to be very funny and kind of cute. As you may already know this story's protagonist is an adorable mouse named Babymouse. Although this book was titled "Babymouse Our Hero" the story was different than what I thought it would be. Babymouse only become a superhero like on the cover for a short time in her own imagination I thought she was going to image she was a superhero the whole time but she didn't. What did happen was a great and humorous story about Babymouse prep ...more
Angela Ball
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit-ed204
(KidLit ED204 category: graphic novel)
"Babymouse: Our Hero" by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm is a fun graphic novel about Babymouse. The book opens with Babymouse dreaming of being the hero -- getting an award for "taking out the garbage without being asked." But Babymouse's dreams and reality are quite different!
This book is a sure fire hit for young readers. It would make a good read-aloud to a class of students, as well. This book will make the reader (or listener) laugh and cheer when Bab
Leslie Carey
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Babymouse, #2 Our Hero was a great book. Read this book if you like humorous comic books, imaginative story lines, and if you hate dodge ball. Babymouse, with the help of her friends defeats her enemy in dodge ball, and is thus a hero. I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt I could relate to babymouse, even though I'm in college. I like the graphics and the humor a lot. These books never get old and I highly recommend them to anyone who likes humor, comic books, and imaginative storie ...more
Cindy Minnich
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My son handed this one to me and told me I needed to read this TODAY. Like RIGHT NOW. How could he possibly have known how perfect this one was for me? I did everything in my power to avoid dodgeball in school - it was definitely my least favorite thing to do in gym. I think everyone was better at the game than I was, so it was just easier to get out fast. Like the other Babymouse books, I love her imagination and how Wilson is always there to help her solve whatever the problem is.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a cute little book that elementary school students will easily relate to. Babymouse has to deal with bullying, daily life, and dodgeball but does it in a comical way to help children see its really not the end of the world. There are many references to heroic events such as the oregon trail and space exploration. I found it interesting that these fantasies changed the color scheme, the background was pink while in her real life the color was white and black with pink only as an accent. A ...more
Katt Hansen
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, graphic-novels
Babymouse faces the threat of dodgeball with her usual imagination tempered by a lot of worry and literary reference. What's not to like? ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute. My 7 year old is also enjoying these. (Although I was bugged that they are playing dodgeball in PE and people are getting hit in the head.)
Eileen Seitz
Title: Babymouse, Our Hero
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Illustrator: Matthew Holm
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): School, Humor, Friendship, Confronting Fears
Opening line/sentence: "Are you getting up babymouse?"
Brief Book Summary: Babymouse has to participate in the annual dodgeball tournament and go against the evil Felicia Furrpaws. She faces her fears head on and comes out as a champion.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Clive Barnes (Books for Keeps No. 159, July 2006)
HarperCollins launches i
Sheri S.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book to my daughter and she thought it was entertaining. Babymouse is dreading an upcoming week of dodge ball in her physical education class and she must practice in order to improve her skills. Babymouse can't concentrate on anything since she is so worried about the game and, once again, she forgets to wear her shoes to school on the day dodge ball is supposed to begin. Sometimes forgetting things can turn into an advantage... ...more
Kyla Frey
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a really cute book, and I loved all of the graphics in it. It showed a lot of imagination, and all of the drawings were pretty funny. The story for me was just alright though. It was about this mouse who hates dodge ball. She always avoids it at all costs, but when her gym teacher says the next game is mandatory, she knows she has to participate and participate well. She trains with her best friend and she just feels helpless. She feels like she will never be able to play. She gives up ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Our Hero Baby Mouse" is the tale of a young girl mouse and her adventurous mind throughout her rather bad day. The main character, Baby Mouse, is dreaming when we first being the story. In this dream she receives a pink heart as an award for her bravery during her time as some sort of solider. The story then proceeds to go into a series of unfortunate events Baby Mouse occurs, for instance: missing the morning school bus. However, with each of these mis-happenings Baby Mouse imagines them as so ...more
Joseph Seo
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book is about a typical day of Baby Mouse. She often daydreams that she is a super hero and everyone is cheering for her. She always seem to forget her shoes. She is also afraid of playing the game dodgeball and she is dreading gym class. I would recommend this book to the younger children. It is a good book for little kids. Baby Mouse has a best friend in the book that helps her in her time of need. She really appreciates her best friend and this is something I like about this book. This b ...more
Babymouse is a likably imperfect character whose endearing humility and every-school-age-girl insecurities are transformed into comedy by her rich imagination. She is rendered in playful, wavering lines which reflect her winsome uncertainty, while the pink, white, and black palette gives the book obvious "girl" appeal. The many endearing comedic moments in the story -- in which Babymouse tries to overcome her fear of a mandatory dodgeball game against her nemesis (and school bully) feline Felici ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Babymouse! I read Babymouse Our Hero, a humorous story where Babymouse faces Felcia Furrypaws in gym class's dodgeball game. Holm and Holm are able to integrate the story and the pictures flawlessly. Their use of just three colors - black, white and pink - is a neat way to approach the illustrations. Their thick, bold lines are able capture the moments beautifully. It is a story rooted in the reality of Babymouses's world, but there are there are wonderfully imaginative scenes within her ...more
Oct 09, 2009 added it
Summary: For Babymouse, school is a constant battle between good...and evil! Can things get any worse? Yup! Because it's time for the annual dodgeball tournament! What's a mouse to do? Will a meteor hit the school and stop the game? Will Felicia and her deadly dodgeballs win the day? Has Babymouse dodged her last dodgeball?

Reading Level: 4th grade

Genre: Comic Fiction

Specific Curricular Uses: Independent Reading

Social Issues the book addresses: Peer pressure, the meeting expectations

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Diana Judd
This was a story about Babymouse, who must compete in a dodgeball game for her gym class. She's really dreading it, but with the help of her friend she manages to make it into a pretty good experience. Honestly, I didn't really enjoy this graphic novel. The pictures were interesting and well done, but the story was less coherent. The story would often slip into Babymouse's imagination, for instance she during the dodgeball game, suddenly they were soldiers during a war. While children's imaginat ...more
Hailey Layug
This is a good book that teaches kids you can do anything but don't stand up for a bully. Babymouse was scared to play dodgeball. The week before they said we are playing dodgeball the kids may not be excused. Babymouse was scared ever since kindergarden. Felicia Furrypaws was the best at playing.Today she had to walk to school.when she got to school her friend Wilson said missed the bus again babymouse.Her locker ate her homework.First period felt like prison.After lunch wasn't better either.La ...more
Megan Nelson
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Babymouse learns that she has to play dodgeball in gym class next week, and she is not very happy about it. She tries to get out of it by playing sick, but that doesn't work; she even forgets her gym sneakers! The "evil" Felicia Furrypaws is the best dodgeball player at school. Babymouse's best friend, Wilson, sees that she is afraid to play dodgeball, so he tries to help her get better at it. Unfortunately, Babymouse does not get better at dodgeball, and the day that she has to play it in gym i ...more
Jessica Breighner
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Babymouse, Our Hero
By Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm

Reading Level: transitional to fluent readers around 4th grade
Genre: Comic Fiction
Specific Curricular Uses: Independent Reading for more fluent readers.
Social Issues the book addresses: Peer pressure, the meeting expectations
Specific Literary Elements The book Demonstrates: The entire book is written in comic form. It’s a unique way to write a book, but captures young audiences’ attentions. It’s not written in paragraph form so the reader has to
Cianna Walters
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book does a good job representing common endeavors in life, such as; being bad at math, specifically fractions, the hardships of remembering responsibilities, and emphasizing on the fear of PE dodgeball. There is a lot of more mature comical references such as saying "Fort McMouse" instead of "Fort Knox", and having the baby mouse pet sit for a snake. However, I think for the targeted age group of this book it would more than likely go over most students heads. All in all, this is a very fu ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Who doesn't remember the horrors of dodgeball? Babymouse is worried sick about going up against her nemesis Felecia in the mandatory game in gym. Babymouse's imagination works overtime as she daydreams escapes from the game and also the brutality of fractions. I love that she isn't good at everything--we find she stinks at art and music. While readers will find Babymouse cool, she also is very easy to identify with for kids. I found myself really empathetic of her worries and rooting hard for he ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The second installment finds Babymouse struggling with her normal, boring life. Once again she misses the bus, once again her locker gives her trouble, and once again her best friend, Wilson, is the only light in her otherwise dark day.

Even though Felicia Furrypaws is still the biggest bully at school, she isn’t Babymouse’s problem this time. This time it’s DODGEBALL. When the gym teacher informs the class that everyone has to play dodgeball because it will be for a grade and go in their permane
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Babymouse, school is a constant battle between good (Babymouse), evil (Felicia Furrpaws), and more evil (gym class!). Can things get any worse? Yup. Because it’s time for the annual dodgeball tournament. What’s a mouse to do? Don’t miss the excitement in Babymouse: Our Hero!

I thought this was a great story! I would probably suggest this book for kids from approx 4-6th grade because while the story is extremely funny, the humor is a bit sophisticated for younger than 4th grade. There is a lot
Madison Snow
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Babymouse: Our hero shows the cover of a mouse as a superhero in front of her city. The cover looks very childish as if drawn by a young girl. The black and white image with pink accents is very girly. Pink accents and a heart in the ''O" of the mouse make the cover very appealing to girls. The story follows Babymouse on her adventures. I thought this book was cute but not something I would ever pick up on my own. This novel would be great if a student was struggling to read because this tells t ...more
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 4 to 6 Genre: Graphic Novel, Animal
Babymouse dreams of glory and fame, but sadly her life is less than glorious. One day is particularly bad as she misses the bus and has to walk to school, but the worst is going to come as she learns that she must play dodge ball the next day in PE. Babymouse has never been good at dodge ball and dreads the day. Her highly active imagination tries to think of ways that school would be canceled, but in typical fashion it is not. In the end it is her habi
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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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