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Our Hero: 11/16/17

 Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm

Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm is the second Babymouse book. The plot is similar to Dragonslayer but without the refined tropes that the series has developed in its ten years and nineteen books.

This adventure involves dodge ball for a grade. Although Babymouse can't seem to remember her PE shoes does manage to get to the final round against arch nemesis Felicia Furrypaws. Felicia makes her usual taunts about the state of Babymouse's whiskers. But why does she even care?

When though, did dodge ball become THE BIG SCARY game of P.E.? It's not just Babymouse making it into something big. In cartoons there's the first season of Total Drama Island and Danny Phantom. In the live action front, there's Warehouse 13 which has a killer dodge ball that multiplies until someone either dies or manages to catch one.

I liked this one more than some mostly because the tropes aren't as firmly set as they are in later books. This means that Babymouse isn't as lazy, self obsessed, or clumsy. Meanwhile, Felicia isn't as mean, as rich, or evil as she later is.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 17:14:43

herding cats

Sounds cute! It is odd to see about dodge ball but then again it's not even allowed in pe a lot of places anymore for being so bad. smh



Comment #2: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 18:02:00

Pussreboots

Dodgeball is still played here sometimes but it's not game as shown in books or TV or movies. It's pretty tame.