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EXTREME BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm

EXTREME BABYMOUSE

From the Babymouse series, volume 17

by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm, by Matthew Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-307-93160-3
Publisher: Random House

Babymouse + snowboard = many faceplants on the way to wisdom and cupcakes.

In her 17th outing, Babymouse’s yearning to join the latest craze at school actually results in a trip to Snowy Mountain—not to the plush resort itself, but to the cobwebby cabin of a family friend: “Where’s the hot tub?” ”I think you’ll be lucky to have hot water, Babymouse.” “Typical.” It’s a long day on the training slope (“What did you learn on your first day of snowboarding, Babymouse?” “The true meaning of pain”). A timely recollection of her instructor’s cautionary “go at your own pace and always listen to your inner voice” keeps her out of deadly Half-Pipe Alley despite a sneering classmate’s dare, leaving her enjoying a snack at the resort as the aforementioned tormentor wipes out big time. Presented in the customary mix of thick-lined drawings with pink highlights, easy-to-read dialogue in balloons and occasional interjections from the outside, the tale positively shreds its way down the narrative slope for an awesome stick.

Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)