A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some French words and phrases translated. Movie-making process and some techniques used in all phases of production. Glossary of movie-making terms in the back. Offers a glimpse of how middle school is different from elementary school.
If you want something done right, you have to let each member of the team do his or her job. Trying to take over everything yourself just leads to disaster. Middle school is scary, and figuring out friendships is hard, but if you don't take things too seriously, you'll figure things out.
Positive Role Models
Babymouse hates algebra, loves bossing her little brother around, wants to be famous, thinks her film shoot is more important than a math test, and tries to take over when things don't go right. But she learns that sometimes you have to let team members do their job; she thinks creatively to solve problems; and when she realizes she's wrong, she provides a good example of a proper apology.
Violence & Scariness
Mild scariness in exaggerated drawings of dark hallways full of Halloween-type monsters. In fantasy graphic-novel panels, a giant tentacle grabs Babymouse and pulls her into her locker, which becomes a long, dark drop into a strange place. Kids in the popular clique are compared to zombies, accompanied by a comic drawing of zombies. Drawing of someone bumping into Babymouse and rudely telling her to move.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School! moves the popular Babymouse franchise up from grade school. The trademark pink is gone, and all the illustrations are in black and white. There's some mild scariness in the drawings of dark hallways populated with monsters and zombies, and in a fantasy, a giant tentacle reaches out from Babymouse's locker and grabs her. Babymouse learns the importance of teamwork, and of not taking yourself too seriously. She also learns from her mistakes and provides a great example of a proper apology. Tween characters acting in a movie kiss over two comic book-style panels. A fictional website mentioned, superfamouspeople.com, leads to a GoDaddy page offering to sell the domain name, but the book doesn't encourage kids to go to the site at all.
Is It Any Good?
The popular elementary school series takes a big step forward as the funny, engaging mouse of the title moves up and into the big, scary world of middle school. Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School! grows up a little bit, too. Babymouse's signature pink is gone from the illustrations, which are all in black-and-white. There's more text, too, although it's still heavy on the lively, graphic novel-type drawings that make it a good choice for reluctant readers.
Babymouse sometimes makes mistakes as she faces the newer, bigger challenges of middle school. But she learns from them, turning her monster-movie life into a hilarious comedy. Fans of the original series will enjoy the plucky way Babymouse faces a brave new world. Readers new to the series will like the way the funny, relatable mouse tries to figure out middle school.
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