Babymouse Series

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Teen Librarian, Common Sense Media
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Quick, lively graphic novels pack in the positivity.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Great for beginning and/or reluctant readers. The series about a sassy mouse also showcases the trials and tribulations of elementary school in such a way that gives readers an opportunity to relate to their own personal experiences, and build and grow from them just as Babymouse does.

Positive Messages

Throughout the series, Babymouse is always learning very important lessons -- sometimes she wants to hear them, sometimes she doesn't.  An underlying component of the series is that negativity only hurts; it never helps. Babymouse often is discouraged or frustrated by her inability to do everything right, but she is constantly reminded that with the help of her friends, a little hard work, and a dash of positivity she can be successful in anything she tries.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Babymouse is a great role model for kids who are just learning that not everything in life is easy. Everyone feels down sometimes, but that negativity isn't going to help the situation. Babymouse learns that by accepting help from others and staying positive, she can be a great success. She might fail at first, but Babymouse always works hard to succeed in the end.

Violence & Scariness
Language

There is one big bully at Babymouse's school -- Felicia Furrypaws -- who delivers some mild put-downs, but Babymouse and her friends don't let it get them down.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this delightful series about the lovable Babymouse and her world is a great comic book for beginning readers who need a break from the early chapter books they're trying so hard to conquer. The illustrations and story fit perfectly together, there are positive lessons throughout, especially about staying positive, and Babymouse is a great role model for kids who sometimes feel like the underdog.

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Parent Written byBella4 April 27, 2013

Babymouse is good for kids who don't care to read

My daughter has days where she hates reading and days when she doesn't. Babymouse is one book (or series) that added to the days she does like to read. I... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 8-year-old Written byKaffeeKatz March 7, 2013

Gets kids to read, but there are better series out there

Kids love it, but most of the books tend to have have a predictably negative series of events for the main character, with her getting in trouble or being unpop... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysusieboo October 16, 2010

Great!

Very funny! I love this series. And I especially love the fights between Babymouse and the narrator. Babymouse is a little bratty, but so are most kids her age.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySupercowgirl August 23, 2018

Cute, but not one of the best

"Babymouse" is obviously a "pleasure book", but if you want something deep, then you have reached the wrong place. The awkward and clumsy he... Continue reading

What's the story?

Babymouse is a sweet and caring mouse who sometimes gets down that she can't do everything perfectly. She often imagines herself as the successful lead in children's books and movies like Charlotte's Web, Star Wars, and The Wizard of Oz, but things don't always work out so perfectly in real life. With the help of friends and teachers, Babymouse learns that working hard and staying positive is the way to succeed in everything she tries.

Is it any good?

The BABYMOUSE books are fun and entertaining reads that teach kids that it's OK to fail and, with the help of friends and family, success can always be right around the corner. Babymouse's good attitude and lively conversations with the author and illustrator of her story -- that fourth wall is broken down quickly! -- make reading these comic books extra engaging. Kids will love the cute and busy pink, black, and white illustrations filled with clever details and asides almost as much as the laugh-out-loud storylines.

Babymouse loves pink, and the illustrations by Matthew Holm are a pink lover's dream. The black, white, and pink illustrations perfectly show Babymouse as fun and cute with a perky personality. And, even though she loves pink, Babymouse isn't afraid to get out there and slay dragons and race cars with the best of all her boy friends. The panels are easy to follow and the illustrations show emotion well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using their imagination. Babymouse often imagines herself as the main character in famous children's books and movies.  What books and movies would you like to jump into? What characters would you like to be?

  • Oftentimes, Babymouse gets down on herself because she feels that she's not good enough at different things she tries to do. Are there things that you feel you could be better at? How do you think you could improve? How does a positive attitude help?

  • Babymouse has a great friend called Wilson. Who are your good friends? How do you help them out when they are feeling down about something? Do they help you out when you need a hand?

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For kids who love graphic novels and strong female characters

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