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What You Need to Know:
• Fun graphic novel with a terrific spunky main character.
• These stories will have your 9 year olds and up, relating to the social situations and friendship issues that
   Babymouse faces head on, and parents will cheer because Babymouse always ends up doing the right thing.
• As always, try this with reluctant readers, who often find success with the graphic novel structure. Babymouse is
   definitely not for girls only.
  Sweet Series Background:
Babymouse, while at times hapless, is always a funny, spunky, and endearing character. This brother and sister author team, have created a character your reader will laugh and connect with and parents of readers will be happy to place these books in their hands. Babymouse craves glamour, excitement, adventure and cupcakes! With the help of her best friend, Wilson, and a very vivid imagination, Babymouse finds all the excitement she needs as she navigates her school social scene - even if it is just in her head!
Sweet Book Summary:
Babymouse has decided she wants to compete in the Downhill Derby. Wilson Weasel, Babymouse's best friend, is getting ready to compete. Wilson has wanted to compete in this race forever, but this is the first year he is old enough. Problem number one (there is always a problem for Babymouse!), you must build your own car in order to compete. Babymouse turns to Wilson for help, and because he is her very best friend, he stops what he is doing to help Babymouse. Wilson abandons the car he is building for himself and builds a car of great beauty for Babymouse. When the day of the race comes Wilson's own car is not ready, he spent too much time on Babymouse's car. Since you are supposed to have built your car yourself, and not just applied the reflectors to get around that technicality, Babymouse lets Wilson race her car. He wins, finally realizing his dream of beating Chuck E. Cheetah, who has won the last three derbies.

This book and all the books in this series are funny and appealing. There is a lot of energy in the drawings and the stories. The Holms have taken on several puzzling subjects for kids: friendship, mean girls, dreams of being a rockstar and surviving a game of dodgeball to name a few. They have made them more approachable and relatable through humor. Young children will like the lively plots and older kids will identify with the subject matter - a winning formula for all. The flights of fancy, that Babymouse is prone to, are my favorite things about these books!
Author: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm Illustrator: Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm Published: 2010, 96 pages
Themes: Friendship, Humor, independence, Self-Esteem
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Do you have a best friend?
• What would you do for your best friend if they needed you?
• Babymouse sometimes has unusual ideas. What kinds of unusual thoughts run through your mind?
• What tricky situations do you have to face?
• Do your friends help you with those tricky situations?
• How did teamwork save the day for Babymouse and Wilson?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Kit Feeny, Michael Townsend
Lunch Lady, Jared J. Krosoczka
Fashion Kitty, Charise Mericle Harper
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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