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Babymouse Cupcake Tycoon: 06/21/11
I've read two or three Babymouse volumes for the Cybils and of them, Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer and Matt Holm is my favorite so far. In this one, Babymouse and her classmates are fundraising to buy new books after Babymouse's accident while picking a book has resulted in a flood in the library.
In the other books I've read Babymouse doesn't put herself fully into her newest obsession. Usually her reasons for joining in the fun are rather petty or selfish. This time though she really is passionate about books and wasn't trying to cause all the damage she did. While there is a prize for the fundraising too, I think some of her motivation though is still on getting new books.
But like the other Babymouse books I've read, she has to compete. This time it's against Felicia Furrypaws who seems to have the entire cupcake fundraising industry in her back pocket. Her campaign involves outlandish things like radio ads, bus billboards and the like.
Babymouse though comes through not by conning her friends into doing her work and not by throwing a fit. In true screwball comedy fashion at her lowest point she ends up going viral. It's the round the world viral success of Babymouse's pleas for help that made me love the book. There are so many hilarious international pop culture icons and Easter eggs that I was roaring with laughter. My favorite is the panel showing the famous crossing in Tokyo with Pikachu watching Babymouse on the video screen.