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Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. Babymouse: Skater Girl 
Random House  $7.50  ISBN 978-0-375-83989-4  95 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 13

Babymouse, a quirky and sassy young mouse has her heart set on becoming a professional skater. Not that she hasn't had her heart set on anything before: the spelling bee champion, swim competition medalist, science fair geek, babysitter, ballerina and Mouse Scout. You name it, Babymouse has tried to do it, but unfortunately the little mouse still has a lot to learn about commitment and the rewards of hard work. When a burly bear named Coach Bearnakova offers to instruct Babymouse in all things figure skating, Babymouse is all for it but then early practices and a lack of free time start getting to her. Will the young cartoon rodent be able to pull through or will she drop out...again?

For young girls (Ages 6-10) this graphic novel is like a dream come true. The young mouse bedecked in a tutu and a bow on her head will appeal to their cute natures, and the mini life lessons flow perfectly with the simple dialogue. The cartoon drawings aren't just black and white either. Odd touches (or slatherings) of pink accent the snowflakes and skating rinks just right. Readers will be able to relate to Babymouse's dreams and her desire to follow her heart and try new opportunities as well as learning about such virtues as patience, hard work, commitment and even knowing when to back down on some activities when it begins to interfere with schoolwork and time with friends and family. Work is good but having free time is a necessity, too. A healthy dose of girl power and a kick-butt attitude make the protagonist a good role model for youngsters and older readers will be pleased to make this series a guilty pleasure.

I give Babymouse's latest adventure four stars, but for the ages listed above I'm sure they will find it a five out five star book.


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