Babymouse Burns Rubber
written by Jennifer L. Holm
illustrated by Matthew Holm
In this, her twelfth adventure, the cupcake-obsessed rodent discovers a new sport: soapbox derby! But Babymouse lacks the focus to build a racecar, and so calls on her best friend, Wilson, to “help.” But being Babymouse’s helper is a demanding job, and Wilson might not have time to fix his own ride. When Chuck E. Cheetah, three-time derby winner, scoffs at Wilson’s skill, what will Babymouse do?
Is it possible to dislike Babymouse? She is such a winning character that it is hard to imagine anybody having bad things to say about her. Like all Babymouse volumes, the joy in this book comes from Babymouse’s uniquely scattered perspective; while it might not be good for Babymouse when she drifts off into fantasyland, it’s great for the reader. Holm and Holm put Babymouse in a chariot race, in a hot-air balloon, even in the climax of a movie set long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. These sequences are an opportunity for some of the most joyous and playful art in comics, all rendered in trademark shades of pink, black, and white.
The fun and energy in these books are second to none, and young readers (and a few older ones) will be happy to see Babymouse back on the track.-- Merideth Jenson-Benjamin