Book: Babymouse: Beach Babe

Babymouse: Beach BabeBabymouse: Beach Babe
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
2006 (Random House)

This volume is the third in the continuing story of Babymouse, a young mouse with a wild imagination.  In this story, Babymouse’s family is going on a summer vacation to the beach and our heroine dreams of fame as a surfer babe while her little brother, Squeak, just wants some of her attention.  The book chronicles the trip and the ongoing struggle between Babymouse, who only wants to be left alone to be cool and independent, and Squeak, who wants to have some fun with his sister.  Eventually, Babymouse realizes that Squeak can be a lot of fun and everything works out.

I am constantly impressed with the high level of quality from this series.  The stories are wonderful and the writing and art work together perfectly to create realistic characters who act and speak just as they should.  Babymouse’s imagination is a delight and the frequent forays into her imaginary world (which is often based on references from literature, movies and culture) are wonderful.  They work to tell us exactly how she is feeling and what she is thinking without actually spelling it out, and they are more creative.  The imaginary worlds allow both Babymouse and the reader to work out what is going on without directly being held by the hand.

This book was a little different from the first two in that it wasn’t about Babymouse’s school friends and enemies.  It dealt with her family for the first time, which was great.  This let us get to know an aspect of Babymouse’s life that we hadn’t previously really gotten to see.  Her parents are still pretty much out of the story, but the idea of family was very present here and that is important.  Previously Babymouse’s family has just been something she sees briefly on her way to and from school and school-related encounters.  This book expanded her world and made it more real.  That was wonderful.  It made her a more three-dimensional character and expanded her world for her readers.

This series is amazing and I am thrilled with every offering in it so far.  I highly recommend it.  This book is great and would be a wonderful book for anyone, but is especially recommended to anyone who has a younger sibling and knows both the pain and pleasures inherent in being the oldest!  Check out Babymouse if you haven’t already, she’s absolutely wonderful!

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