Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes – Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm


61fcrlxji2l Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes – Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, Random House, (9781101937433), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Holiday Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The exuberant Babymouse from the popular graphic novel series is now the star of a picture book.  Little Babymouse is four years old and is getting ready for Christmas.  Her Christmas list for Santa: “I want a suit of armor, a sword, a baby brother who doesn’t cry, a shield.”  The full color illustrations range from comic book panels to double page spreads and are full of action,expression and bright color.  Babymouse’s wonderful imagination is on full display: “Sir Babymouse faced the Loud Dragon with Great Bravery.” She vanquishes the dragon, her crying baby brother, with a pacifier.  Babymouse also manages to leave a cupcake with only one bite out of it for Santa after she ate the rest along with his cookies. The back pages show that Santa has left her the requested suit of armor, shield and sword.  This is a wonderful start to Babymouse adventures for younger readers.  Fans of the graphic novel series will enjoy knowing that Babymouse was always full of imagination and girl power. This is one to add to your Christmas readalouds.

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of the Babymouse graphic novel series will enjoy this story about her younger days.  This is a nice way for younger readers to be introduced to Babymouse before transitioning to the graphic novels.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes if you are a Babymouse fan.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/27/16            

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