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Babymouse: Dragonslayer

Babymouse: Dragonslayer

Jennifer L. Holm , Matthew Holm
Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 7 to 10
Random House, 2009   ISBN: 0375857125

Babymouse is in trouble. She is doing very badly in math. In fact, she got an F minus on her last math quiz. Babymouse’s teacher decides to send Babymouse to join the school’s mathlete team, the Fighting Fractions. Babymouse is appalled. She has to miss lunch to spend time in a room with a bunch of math geniuses. What could be worse?

What Babymouse soon discovers is that the math geniuses are a pretty nice group of kids. Okay, so perhaps their math skills are a little terrifying, but they are not all that different from Babymouse. More than anything, the team members want to win the next math olympics. They have not won the golden slide rule for many years because the Olwgorithms keep on winning. Babymouse knows that she will not exactly be an asset to the team and she feel bad about this. What can she do to avoid letting everyone down?

In this delightful Babymouse book, readers will once again get to shift between Babymouse’s real world (where she struggles with math) and her fantasy world. In her fantasy rich daydreams, Babymouse sees herself as a hero in an epic fantasy tale. She is a knight facing a terrible dragon; she visits Narnia and encounters the White Witch; she is Frodomouse, a hobbitmouse who has to bear a terrible burden; and she is jousting knight who has to win the bout.

With humor and a delightful narrative style, Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm have once again created a book that will resonate with young readers.