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Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker) Hardcover – July 4, 2017
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Gr 3–5—The Holms, the brother/sister team behind the graphic novel series "Squish" and "Babymouse," continue Babymouse's adventures, taking her into middle school. Much like Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" crossover chapter books, this new series will appeal to readers looking for slightly more challenging fare. Though this title contains more text than the original "Babymouse" books, there are numerous illustrations throughout, the font is large, and the difficulty of the language is comparable to that of previous books, making it ideal for fans crossing over into longer chapter book territory. Babymouse is just as energetic as ever, but now she's dealing with middle school drama and algebra. She doesn't want to fit in anymore—she wants to stand out! Babymouse finds the perfect opportunity in film club, where she is chosen to write and direct a movie inspired by her favorite epic dramas. She realizes that it's not as easy as she thought, with a diva leading actress and no budget. Ultimately, Babymouse learns that working as a team is more important than being a star. VERDICT A first purchase where the graphic novel series is popular. For fans of "Dork Diaries" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library
"A smooth transition into a fresh format that should both resonate with existing fans and entice new ones." --Kirkus Reviews
"For fans of “Dork Diaries” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” --School Library Journal
Praise for Babymouse:
“Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner.” —The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review of Babymouse: Queen of the World
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When I finally received my copy of Babymouse Tales from the Locker #1, I found a spunky, ambitious pre-adolescent rodent with delusions of grandeur, which makes for a great middle-grade read. Babymouse finds her passion for film and sets forth to direct an epic film, but finds her plans thwarted by demanding cast and crew members, a tiny budget, and some unrealistic expectations.
Babymouse Tales from the Locker will be a great addition to a library’s middle grade collection, especially as an enticing read for some of those hard to reach readers.
Recommended for ages 8-12.
Other than not being what we expected, the storyline is typical Babymouse and, therefore, typical awesome.
--- "Babymouse is back, and in middle school! After joining the film club, she's made director and things start to get wacky. She struggles with writing and casting her movie, has many troubles keeping the actors, and finds it hard just being director. Join Babymouse as she learns how to be a good leader. When I was in first grade, I LOVED Babymouse books, I'd always pick them at the library! This book is not all graphics like the originals, and has a lot more writing. I'm not sure if this was intended for middle schoolers (since that's in the title!) but don't think it is really challenging enough for older readers. I would recommend it for 3rd-5th graders as a step up from the original Babymouse series. It is a great addition to the series and I think any Babymouse fan would enjoy it, it's a good book and the illustrations are fun!"
In this opening story of a new Babymouse series, she moves up from her regular home (a successful series of graphic novels for younger readers) to a longer chapter based adventure occurring in a wild, unpredictable jungle. Well, not a jungle so much as the halls of a middle school, but it’s basically the same thing. As a carryover from her graphic novel days, the book still has many illustrations and cute, clever visual add-ins to give pizzazz to certain key elements of Babymouse’s conundrum. Which is: how to manage a team of fellow students with the goal of creating, filming, producing, and premiering a real movie. On a zero dollar budget! Babymouse learns a few important things along the way such as to how to work well with others, accept help, and treat people fairly.
As I wrote at the top, I really think this is an entirely appropriate, excellently written book for its target market of middle school readers who are growing in literary confidence. Kids will love Babymouse’s appearance, voice and tone--as well as her animal friends and her relatable struggles and successes. Fans of Geronimo Stilton books, Raina Telgemeier graphic novels, Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, and the like will definitely dig this new series.
(I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book by replying to a promotional email from the publisher. I have provided as honest review.)
Babymouse tells her story of what middle school is like, and what a story it is. From whiskers to wanting to be famous to wanting a private jet to a locker that possibly contains a monster and trying to figure out who her friends are, Babymouse keeps the reader, at least this reader, laughing and turning pages to see what she does next.
Then she decides to join the Film Club, and when problems arise Babymouse has her own unique ways of solving them.
I can picture not only middle school kids but teens and even adults following each adventure as middle school readers realize they may be facing the same or similar situations that Babymouse faces. And older readers might nod as they remember those confusing years.
Black and white drawings by B&W illustrations add humor to the scenes. If anyone can read this story without laughing and perhaps even learning a thing or two about middle school, they need to read it again. BABYMOUSE: Tales from the Locker would make a great addition to middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library. Highly recommended.
I was sent an ARC of the novel for my honest review.
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Authors: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
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