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Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber Paperback – January 12, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 12 of 16 in the Babymouse Series

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In the twelfth title in the popular Babymouse series, the little rodent dreams of entering and winning the biggest soapbox race of the year. She has to make her own vehicle, but all she makes is a mess until her friend Wilson helps her. More than just a situation, the story takes a surprising turn when, at the last moment, Wilson needs her help, and it’s Babymouse who comes to the rescue. As usual, the pink-accented, black-and-white drawings are full of action, humor, and feeling, and kids will enjoy the wry classroom and schoolyard backdrops as much as Babymouse’s big fantasies. Grades 4-6. --Hazel Rochman

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Here's what people are saying about Babymouse!

The Chicago Sun-Times:
"Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!"

Starred Review, The Horn Book:
"Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!"

Booklist:
"Cute, smart, sassy Babymouse is fun and funny, and this book, like its predecessors, will draw reluctant readers as well as Babymouse fans."

The Bulletin:
"An almost absurdly likeable heroine."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: GN300L (What's this?)
  • Series: Babymouse (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375857133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857133
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this, her twelfth adventure, the cupcake-obsessed rodent discovers a new sport: soapbox derby! But Babymouse lacks the focus to build a racecar, and so calls on her best friend, Wilson, to "help." But being Babymouse's helper is a demanding job, and Wilson might not have time to fix his own ride. When Chuck E. Cheetah, three-time derby winner, scoffs at Wilson's skill, what will Babymouse do?

Is it possible to dislike Babymouse? She is such a winning character that it is hard to imagine anybody having bad things to say about her. Like all Babymouse volumes, the joy in this book comes from Babymouse's uniquely scattered perspective; while it might not be good for Babymouse when she drifts off into fantasyland, it's great for the reader. Holm and Holm put Babymouse in a chariot race, in a hot-air balloon, even in the climax of a movie set long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. These sequences are an opportunity for some of the most joyous and playful art in comics, all rendered in trademark shades of pink, black, and white.

The fun and energy in these books are second to none, and young readers (and a few older ones) will be happy to see Babymouse back on the track.
-- Merideth Jenson-Benjamin
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The lastest Babymouse adventure, Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber, has my students fighting over who gets to read it next! I teach fifth grade and I can't keep this series on my classroom bookshelf! I've tried sneaking in other graphic novels, but all the kids, boys and girls, prefer this series! Jennifer Holm is a huge hit! The number one question: "When does the next one come out?"
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This book is a Cybils '10 nominee and as a panelist for Graphic Novels this is required reading for me.

Babymouse's friend can fix anything and she has always brought her broken stuff to him and he fixes it for her. While there she finds him working on his dream project, a soap box race car. This is the first year he has been old enough to enter and he encourages BM to enter too. Of course, she ends up bringing her problems to him and he ends up building the car for her to the detriment of his own car. Babymouse learns about abusing a friendship. Can't say this one really did anything for me at all. The imagination scenes are always the best in these books but aliens being killed by fractions, an "around the world in 80 days" take-off and the inevitable Star Wars scenario just didn't get any chuckles out of me. Of course the kids, and we're really talking girls here, who love the series are going to want to read this as much as any other.
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my daughter loves these. all the babymouse books. they're adorable and the comic-book layout promotes fun reading for children who are uninterested in traditional books.
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My eight year old loves this series. Each book takes her about 20 minutes to read however, she reads them over and over. She also enjoys Garfield.
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By Mona143 on September 5, 2013
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We all laughed as my son read this story. It was on the school list of books to read and we were glad to find it on digital books
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By t.morrow on October 9, 2013
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I love all the babymouse
books and I really like this one get it now!!!!!! I mean if you like good books
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My 4th grader loves the entire Baby Mouse series. You can't go wrong ordering these used on Amazon.
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