Saturday, May 14, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book One hundred and thirty-four

I am delighted to tell you that Babymouse, the mouse who cannot seem to get anything right, is back! As per usual, Babymouse gets herself into all kinds of ridiculous situations, but for a change things somehow come out all right in the end. Oh, and you will meet a new character who will soon be making a name for himself in the graphic novel world. 

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Graphic Novel
For ages 7 to 10
Random House, 2011, 978-0-375-86574-9
   There is a new science teacher in Babymouse’s school, one who is hopeful that he and his students will follow in the footsteps of “great scientists throughout the ages.” Unfortunately, Babymouse has problem focusing in class, and she ends up sitting outside the principal’s office again. That evening, her father gives her a flyer about a science fair. Apparently he has always wanted to be a scientist, and he hopes that perhaps Babymouse can be the “first scientist in the family.”
   Babymouse is eager to participate in the science fair, but she is not sure what she can do for the event. Can she invent or discover something? Perhaps she could make a great discovery, like Galileo did.
   Babymouse is not very thrilled when her science teacher announces that they are going to be growing mold for their first experiment. Mold? That doesn’t sound very interesting at all. Babymouse does what the teacher tells her, and after several days a little patch of mold finally grows on her slice of bread. And yes, it is not very interesting.
   Then Babymouse’s father gets her a microscope so that she can study amoebas for her science fair project. The amazing thing is that the amoeba that Babymouse brings home from the pond is not at all what she expected.
   Budding young scientists, cupcake fiends, and Babymouse fans are sure to enjoy this delightful Babymouse story. Though Babymouse’s science fair experience does not make her famous, it does turn out to be a rewarding experience, and we have a grand time sharing in her adventure. Readers will be delighted to find out that the new character who is introduced in this book will soon appear on the graphic novel stage with a graphic novel series of his own.

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