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School-Tripped: 09/24/20


School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm is the third book in the Babymouse, Tales from the Locker series. Babymouse and her classmates are heading into the city on a field trip to the art museum. Babymouse and a few others have their own ideas for an adventure in the city. As you can imagine, things to awry very quickly.

Before I dive into this review I must hang my head in shame. I read this book in February as COVID-19 was first looking scary. I was also sick at the time (possibly with COVID but testing such as it is, I wasn't tested then nor have I been given the opportunity to be tested now for antibodies). It's been a long time since I've let a review slip this long, without at least writing it. So, let's just say I had my very own Babymouse moment with this review. Sorry.

One of the big things Babymouse is excited about is getting the newest smartphone on the market. Given her repeated bad luck with cellphones, I'm surprised she got one so fancy. Further more, the permission slip says to leave all devices at home but Babymouse fudges that part. She will of course regret these decisions before the end of the book.

While Felicia Furrypaws and her besties head one way and Babymouse and Penny head another way. While it's fun to see the big city from her point of view, I really was looking forward to more of the museum. The humor this time is really at Babymouse's expense, at her own shortsightedness and failure to plan. If you're going to sneak out, wear comfortable shoes, learn the routes you want to take, and don't wander too far. As she would say, le sigh.

The fourth book came out in July. It's Curtain Call.

Four stars

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