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Babymouse: Beach Babe: 05/04/13

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So far Babymouse has been a graphic novel series I've only read in the context of being a Cybils judge. Coming in to the series so late and not being a fan of the color pink has made me a reluctant reader. I have decided to give the series a go while not acting as a judge to see if I can come to appreciate it on my own terms.

Babymouse: Beach Babe by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm is the second book in the series. In it Babymouse is waiting for the start of summer while day dreaming of surfing waves the size you only see at places like Mavericks.

After cleaning out her locker (in which she uncovers all sorts of odd things including some mythical creatures), Babymouse gets the great news that her family will be spending the summer at the beach. It does mean a long car ride with baby brother Squeak who gets car sick but it's worth it.

Babymouse gets to try surfing, snorkeling, hunting for shells, sandcastle building and all sorts of other beach activities. Through out her imagination gets away with her. Brother Squeak gets underfoot but ultimately Babymouse learns that her brother is the perfect person to pal around with.

Babymouse: Beach Babe is so far one of my favorites from the series. It has a coherent story line and Babymouse is presented as a charming and sympathetic character instead of lazy and demanding as she sometimes is. I'm still not fond of the excess of pink but I'm willing to accept that it's part of the graphic design for the series.

Five stars

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