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Puppy Love

(Babymouse #8)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,712 ratings  ·  110 reviews
In the tradition of Snoopy, of Clifford, and of Lassie comes another great dog story for the ages . . . Babymouse: Puppy Love! Babymouse doesn’t exactly have a great history with pets–even her goldfish ran away from home. But all that’s about to change. Will Babymouse get the dog of her dreams? Will she ever find her missing fish? Find out in the eighth exciting Babymouse ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Random House Children's Books (first published December 2007)
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Awwh, Babymouse wants a pet. She sure goes through them quickly. She loses all of them under her bed. You know if Babymouse does something well, no good can come of it.

Our house recently got a new puppy and so it seemed appropriate to read Puppy Love. This is the same as the other Babymouses. The narrator speaks directly to Babymouse at times. There are the same friends in the story and there are plenty of pets.

The art is 3 colors: Pink, black and white. I was entertained.
Ch_hayley Medsker
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I can definitley see why my second graders (and so many other students) love the Babymouse series. The books are in an easy to read format, very cartoon like. Also, they're thicker, so my little ones think they're reading "big kid books." The wacky humour and silly plot make the book a favorite of early readers. Girls are especially drawn to them, because of the color scheme, amoung other factors. However, I am a stickler for "quality literature" in kids hands. This series doesn't necessarily, ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was searching the school library for graphic novels and saw this among the ones left. I have really wanted to get my hands on one of these to see if my students in 2nd grade would like them and whether it would be appropriate content. Well I read it while the students checked out books and the kids gathered around while I read it and laughed out loud several times. So there was definite interest even by the boys.

The pictures are cute in white and pink and the words for the most part I think
L13_F Sandra
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a very cute book about a girl trying to find the perfect pet. Babymouse's fish has died so she set out to find a new pet. She goes through several pets including a hamster,turtle, hermit crab, and even sea monkeys. Each time these pets mysteriously disappear leaving Babymouse looking for her next one and her mom finally refusing to spend any more money. One day, while sitting on her porch, a stray dog walks right up to her. Babymouse is allowed to keep him until his owner shows up. ...more
Babymouse Puppy Love is about a little mouse who loves animals.She has had many Goldfish but they keep dying, so Babymouse goes to get new animals. She tries many different animals including hamsters, turtles, farrots, Hermit Crabs and a few more, however they keep disappearing out of their cages and Babymouse cannot find them. Little does she know, they are all under her bed partying. One day, when Babymouse is sad because another one of her pets disappeared a random dog shows up with no ...more
A great graphic novel for girls; even the cover is pink. I like how the narrator talks to Babymouse and makes commentary on her choices. That definitely adds another layer of humor into the story. Babymouse is kind of - not obnoxious - but maybe high maintenance, but she does end up putting a lot of work into her pet only to be disappointed in the end; she is a likeable character and I found myself sympathizing with her quite a bit.
This probably hits the upper elementary crowd and would be great
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-graphic-novel
I love Babymouse! So reliably delightful, filled with humor and silliness with bits of lessons sprinkled in and allusion after allusion to (other) great stories.

The only reason Babymouse only gets 3 stars from me is I read too fast so it goes too fast - thus it doesn't have the sticking power for me to fall in love more. It's wonderfully rich cotton candy I can depend on, every time.
I finished reading this to Annika before her nap and we started it again before bed on the same day. It's fine for the age group it's intended (middle grade school to middle school) and as an adult i appreciate the humor in the drawings and text.
Loved the reference to Charlotte's Web.

The best part of Babymouse is that both Kory and I have been reading them, so we can talk about the different parts.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! I love this series of graphic novels. especialy this one.
Jordyn Robinson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it is funny and the people of the world should try it
Sarah Sammis
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pc, read-in-2015
One of my favorite from the series.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
aaawww that's so cute! (and wryly funny)
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot the thing i like about it is it tells the story though the pictures and the word really well and i understand it. The thing i did not like about it is it ended with a HAPPY ENDING just like always with these kind of books but i still love this series. so i gave this book 3 STARS!
Marissa Sansone
Title: Babymouse: Puppy Love (#8)
Author: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): Mice, Pets, Responsibility
Opening line/sentence:
Man’s best friend. Always there. In good times and bad.
Brief Book Summary: Babymouse does not have a great track record with pets, but she really wants a puppy. Mom says no, so baby gets a parade of pets who all go missing. Babymouse learns to train a dog, and surprises everyone because of it.
Marisa Ramirez
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this book can give kids who read it a sense of responsibility. Everything about this book is funny- the artwork, the narration, and the story line- it’s great! Basically Babymouse ha a fish, then she finds out the fish died, so she asks her mom for another one and then after school they go get one. Next day, this fish is dead too (That was Goldy #5 by the way). Then she goes through a hamster, a turtle, a ferret, a salamander, a hermit crab, Venus flytrap, and even sea monkeys. Loses ...more
Andrea Ference
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
This Babymouse story called Puppy Love is about how Babymouse has never been able to keep a pet very long. Her fifth goldfish has just died and she really wants another pet. So, her mother lets her buy a hamster from the local pet store. Babymouse, being who she is, leaves the cage door open when it is time for her to eat dinner. When she returns to her room, the hamster has escaped. For the next week, Babymouse returns to the pet store everyday to get a new pet because she loses each one the ...more
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Babymouse is back, and she has a bit of a dilemma. She really, really, really wants a dog. Seeing as how her last pet-owning experiences haven't turned out so well, though, mom isn't having any of her pleas and begging. Sure, you could feel sorry for Babymouse, but you have to admit that the belly-up goldfish, escaped hamster, runaway turtle, disappearing ferret (need I go on with the salamander, hermit crabs, Venus Flytraps, or sea monkeys?) have mom worried
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Babymouse wants a pet. Unfortunately, it's proving a little more difficult to get one than she'd hope. While she dreams of a dog, her parents won't let her have one. Then, her fish dies. After that, she gets a hamster - but she loses him. She then loses a host of other pets including ferrets and turtles. Clearly, pets aren't in the cards for this little mouse. As luck would have it - Babymouse finds a dog! Unfortunately again, the dog she finds turns out to be a handful. Just as Babymouse ...more
I chose to read this book because I'm making a concerted effort o read more "girl's lit" and you can't get more girly than books with pink covers! I also read this book because there is a HUGE Babymouse contingent in my Children's & Adolescent Lit. class. People who love this book really LOVE this book. The good news was that the book wasn't horrible at all. the bad news was that I can't honestly say that I love the book as much as my classmates do.

There were definitely aspects of the book
Becky B
Babymouse’s latest fish has gone to the great fish bowl in the sky and it is time for a new pet. Babymouse would love a kitten or puppy, but her parents would like her to prove her pet owner skills with something less taxing first. And boy, does she fail epically! Somehow pet after pet after pet disappears quite quickly after arriving at Babymouse’s house. Eventually her mom draws the line and says no more, but when a lost dog shows up Babymouse gets one more chance. Babymouse quickly finds that ...more
Ashley Hilton
In Babymouse puppy love her fifth pet goldfish has just died, it is hard for her to keep pets. She wants a new pet so her mom gets her a hamster, and she leaves the door open on the cage and it runs away. Everyday Babymouse has to keep going to the pet store because she keeps losing her pets that same day that she gets them. All of her pets are actually hanging out underneath her bed having a party. A lost dog walks up to Babymouse and her mother tells her that she can keep the dog until they ...more
Marjorie Estavillo
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Babymouse Puppy Love is he first Babymouse book I have ever read. I thought this book was very cute and very fun to read. I really like how the book was written with pictures and text, I have never read a graphic novel before. Some pages I had trouble figuring out the order I was supposed to view some of the pictures and read some of the captions. This book would be very fun for young readers who are beginning to read bigger books. Between the pictures and the text this book has great detail. ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Puppy love” is a humorous graphic novel about a character named Babymouse. Babymouse wants a pet because she thinks her fish is gone. Apparently, Goldie saw the dead fish and hid it under the bed. Baby mouse got many pets but they all ended up underneath the bed. She had hammy the hamster, tommy the turtle, and several others. Then she finds a puppy that she thinks is a stray. The puppy and Babymouse go through many comical adventures. By the end, they found the trainer who owned the dog. This ...more
Olivia Lavelle
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Puppy love was also another good graphic novel. I did notice in all of Jennifer Holm's babymouse novels that it starts off with babymouse's dream and then quickly turns into reality. This novel was quite funny to read because of her continuous lack of keeping track of her pets. It was funny to find out that all of her previous pets had accumulated under her bed and would talk and have parties. This definitely teaches the lesson of responsibility. I thought the end of this book could have ended ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
This is the first book in the Babymouse series that I've read. I figured I'd wait to see if our girls wanted to read this series, but when I volunteered at our oldest's third-grade classroom during reading time, one of the girls I read with chose this book. It was a fairly entertaining story and I thought it was quite humorous that Babymouse's pets kept taking off and hanging out together. The storyline was somewhat predictable, but not overly annoying and I'm sure we'll be reading more of these ...more
Amy Scissors
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This cute little graphic novel was surprisingly funny. I have been hesitant to read the series because of how girly the books look on the shelf. I prefer books that I can recommend to both boys and girls, and the boys really do not want to read a pink book with "baby" in the title. But I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised; the narrator interaction with Babymouse is witty and there is good pacing and balance between daydreams and reality. The book is thick and sturdy, which is perfect for ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-lit
For elementary kids Heard good things about this series. It was okay. Babymouse, who has a bad track record of keeping pets, finds a dog. She takes care of it, trains it, and seems to do everything right. Then loses the dog. Not sure whether this was to teach kids that no matter how well you do, you may still not get what you want. Or (because this was the first Babymouse book I've read, that she's frequently the punch line. I'd give the series another shot. It was cut the way classic literature ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Babymouse is back in this 8th installment of the popular graphic novel series. In Puppy Love, Babymouse's beloved fish, Goldie #5, has died. Is it time to replace her with a different kind of pet? Mom says no to a llama, so Babymouse tries out various kinds of pets, all of which get out of their cages and disappear. When Babymouse finds a stray dog, she thinks her pet-searching days are over! But does she have the perseverance to take care of the dog? Another hit from brother-sister team ...more
Michelle Rosales
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5360-summer-12
Babymouse loves pets. She loves pets so much she is a frequent shopper at the pet store, for goldfish that is. After losing her pet goldfish to over feeding, missing fish and other fairly odd events, she decides maybe she needs a new kind of pet. She tries out everything from hamsters, to turtles and eventually ants. But none of the pets works out. Her parents decided not to spend any more money on pets. But one day she finds a lost dog and she trains him to be the best pet ever. Everything is ...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

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