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Camp Babymouse

by Jennifer L.  Holm
Illustrated by Matthew Holm

Published by Random House, 2007
96 pages
ISBN: 0375839887

Ages 7-10

In volume 6 of this popular graphic novel series, the inimitable Babymouse takes on a classic milestone of childhood: summer camp. Overcoming her initial dim view of the latrine, Babymouse is certain that her two weeks at Camp Wild Whiskers will be a roaring success. But stuck in Buttercup cabin with a group of “veteran” campers, Babymouse quickly becomes the camp outcast. Her good intentions backfire when her spilled juice and messy bunk earn her cabin demerits, her archery arrow hits an inappropriate target, and she swamps the whole group during a canoe outing. As in the earlier volumes, Babymouse’s vivid imagination provides an extra layer of whimsy to her daily escapades, as when she transforms the canoe disaster into a Moby Dick-esque voyage, or morphs climbing to the top bunk into a Mouse Kong feat. At her lowest point, Babymouse shows that she’s absorbed some of the Camp Wild Whiskers survival lessons after all, and helps a lost Buttercup camper find her way back to their cabin. Black, white, and pink illustrations deftly capture the humor and grade-school level drama of Babymouse’s exploits, sure to please her current fans and also gain new ones. (MVL) ©2007 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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