Babymouse: Dragonslayer

by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
ages: 8+
First sentence… oops… didn’t write it down (you’ll see why in a minute)
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Today, I took M across town to Barnes and Noble so she could spend a giftcard she got for her birthday. And while she was killing time figuring out which book to get (or how many), I searched out the newest Babymouse. Figured I could read it by the time M finished her shopping… (Cut me some slack, I didn’t buy the book, so this is totally from memory.)

Say it with me, people: Babymouse totally rocks!

Babymouse’s challenge this time: math.

She flunks a math test, and as retribution (or, rather, extra credit), she is forced to join the mathletes and participate in the upcoming Math Olympics in order to win the Golden Slide Rule. Can she do it? (Of course she can!)

There is so much to like about this one, like the other; from all the fantasy novel references — my favorite: Another Long Book About an Orphan Who Defeats the Dark Side (book one of twelve) — to the math references; to the silly bat (who “talks” upside down) and the total math geek teasing (but they’re good at skateboarding!). And, of course, Babymouse is as winning, and the narrator as snarky as ever.

This one is probably more accessible than Babymouse: the Musical, if only because more people are aware of fantasy novels (I caught, Eragon, Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Lord of the Rings references…) than musicals. And, I have to admit, that while I laughed most at the LOTR (Fellowship of the Slide Rule) pages, this passage totally and completely killed me:

Teacher (who looks like a lion): “You’re late because your locker is a portal into another world where time runs at a different rate and a witch tried to turn you to stone?”
Babymouse: “How did you know?”
Teacher: “It happens to the best of us. Also, the fur coat was a dead giveaway.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Babymouse totally rocks.

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