Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

A Very Babymouse Christmas

A Very Babymouse Christmas

Jennifer L. Holm , Matthew Holm
Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 7 to 10
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011   ISBN: 978-0375867798

Christmas is just around the corner, and more than anything Babymouse wants a Whiz Bang, a handheld device that can do just about everything. With steadfast determination, she sets about doing everything she can to make sure that she gets what she wants for Christmas. The narrator tries to remind Babymouse that Christmas is a time for giving, a time for connecting with family and friends, but Babymouse is on a Whiz Bang mission, and she pays no attention to the narrator.

As they days fly by, Babymouse experiences one disappointment after another. Her effort to decorate her locker (and win a Whiz Bang) does not work out very well, and as per usual the secret Santa gift she gets is a dud. When Babymouse’s best friend invites her to a Hanukkah celebration, Babymouse fixates on presents. Yet again. She even tries to hoodwink the Santa in the mall to give her what she wants. Seeing Babymouse in action, one cannot help wondering if this story is going to have a not-so-good ending.

Babymouse is back, and once again she gets fixated on one thing, with rather disastrous results. Readers will love the interaction between the narrator and Babymouse, and they will be hard pressed not to laugh when Babymouse’s imagination gets the better of her, as usual. Though Babymouse is no angel, one cannot help loving her and hoping that somehow she will find some real Christmas spirit.