Babymouse moves from graphic fiction to the full-color picture-book world with a Christmas story about the popular character at an earlier age.
Babymouse wants her own suit of armor for Christmas, as well as a baby brother who doesn’t cry, unlike the one she already has. After Babymouse eats all the Christmas cookies intended for Santa, she decides to bake him some Christmas cupcakes. While the cupcakes are cooling, her mom leaves the room to tend to the baby. Babymouse hears a scary roaring noise, and she quickly improvises a suit of makeshift armor from kitchen equipment. The action morphs, and readers see Sir Babymouse astride a polka-dot octopus in a battle with hot-pink, fire-breathing Loud Dragon. As the fighting intensifies, Babymouse throws her brother’s pacifier at the dragon, flipping it into his mouth and ending the battle. Somehow, during the battle and following celebratory feast, all the cupcakes were eaten…except for one with several bites gone. That sad, half-eaten cupcake is left out for Santa (a white human), who looks at it with a weary, “Oh, Babymouse.” The back endpapers show an understanding Santa’s gift of a suit of armor for Babymouse left under the tree. Both text and cartoon-style illustrations are filled with witty humor and consideration for an exuberant mouse child’s inner emotional world.
Little Babymouse will win new fans among younger readers, who will hope to see what dragons Babymouse fights next. (Picture book. 4-7)