New York Times bestselling, three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer Holm teams up with Matthew Holm to bring you a fully illustrated, award-winning graphic novel series packed with humor and kid appeal—BABYMOUSE! Winner of multiple Children's Choice awards and with over 1.8 million books sold, kids, parents, and teachers agree that Babymouse is perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, Bad Kitty, and Dork Diaries!
You are cordially invited to the birthday event of the year! Babymouse is having a birthday and she wants it to be BIG! Mount Everest BIG. Eiffel Tower BIG. Tyrannosaurus rex BIG. (Okay, maybe inviting a T. rex isn't such a good idea). Will all of Babymouse's birthday dreams come true? Will she have a five-hundred-tier cupcake? Find out in Happy Birthday, Babymouse—the eighteenth hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm!
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Jasyln B., 9:
"Babymouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did someone say Babymouse? I love Babymouse. I love love love love Babymouse. Please tell me you all like Babymouse. If you don't you just made me shiver. Well, please enjoy BABYMOUSE, FOR ME!"
"I love it because it is an adventure book that has all this crazy stuff and Babymouse is funny with her life. I think you guys would love Babymouse."
Sydney B., 9:
"I love Babymouse because it can teach people to read and it is really good. Plus, I love Jennifer Holm. I love Jennifer Holm because she is really pretty and she inspires me. And also because I love all the wonderful books she has created."
"Babymouse is awesome and funny. All kids should read a Babymouse."
Logan K., 9:
"Babymouse is funny and I love it so much. If I didn't know about Babymouse I would die."
Ashley K., 10:
"I like how she gets woke up late and the narrator says, "Babymouse I think the bus is here." She always has to walk to school. I like Babymouse Skater Girl because she gets really tired and she goes crazzzzzzzzzzzzyyyyyy."
Ti S., 10:
"What I love about Babymouse is that she is funny, and she imagines stuff that I like to do, like surfing. That is in Babymouse Beach Babe. Another reason is because it has a song in one of the books and it that is really funny too :)"
Soham D., 9:
"I love Babymouse because she has a great imagination and I like how her Locker brings her on adventures."
Abbie H., 9:
"Babymouse is funny. I like how her locker has everything in it. Do you like cupcakes? Babymouse loves cupcakes!"
Ashley R., 9:
"I like Babymouse because there is epic awesomeness in the beginning and middle and even the end. I want to be able to read the book Babymouse For President."
Brady D., 9:
"I like Babymouse because it is funny and you will make you jump off your feet and laugh. And it is made by Jennifer L. Holm one of the best novelist EVER."
Caleb J., 10:
"Everything!!!!!!! Well because it is funny, entertaining, AWESOME, EPIC and creative."
Emily S., 9:
"Hi! I love Babymouse because she has so many adventures. It doesn't just make you love reading, but it also has life lessons, like with you and your friends."
Cameron M., 10:
"What I like about Babymouse is that it has lots of imagination. It required a lot of skill to write Babymouse. You should at least try it."
Katie R., 9:
"I love Babymouse because. . . .It is funny, it is a graphic novel. and I love it."
Jayla C., 10:
"What I love about Babymouse is how it’s a very good adventures and because it's pink and well, I like the color pink. Also the writing in Babymouse is awesome!!!!"
About Jennifer L. Holm
This book, Turtle in Paradise, started with a story my mom liked to tell about her childhood. During the summers, her grandmother would take her to Key West to visit her relatives. Her mother made her promise to “shake her shoes out.” My mom didn’t know why her mother wanted her to do this, but she did it anyway. And then one hot day, she shook her shoes and out popped . . . a scorpion!
Writing Turtle in Paradise was a wonderful way to re-connect with my Key West heritage. My great-grandmother, Jennie Lewin Peck, emigrated from the Bahamas to Key West at the turn of the century. She considered herself a “Conch,” what the local Key West folks called themselves, after the native mollusk that so many fished for in the Bahamas. Nana was always talking about how she missed sugar apple ice cream and Spanish limes. When my editor, Shana Corey, started asking me about Nana and my Key West family, I just knew that there was a story somewhere in there.
Researching this book was also an interesting way to experience a different side of living through the Great Depression. While Key West suffered significant economic hardship (the town went bankrupt and the majority of the citizens were on economic relief), it didn’t have the same sort of feel as most of the depression stories I was used to hearing—soup lines, tent cities, and the Dust Bowl. Key West was warm for one thing, and there was plenty of free food, courtesy of the sea. One man told me, he ate lobster during the Depression! Key West was a freewheeling town full of characters and bygone industries—sponge fishing, rumrunners, and, of course, pirates! It had all the ingredients for a fabulous setting.
I hope you enjoy reading Turtle in Paradise as much as I enjoyed writing it. And if you ever go to Key West, be sure to shake out your shoes!
Here's what people are saying about Babymouse!
The Chicago Sun-Times:
"Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!"
Starred Review, The Horn Book:
"Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!"
"Cute, smart, sassy Babymouse is fun and funny, and this book, like its predecessors, will draw reluctant readers as well as Babymouse fans."
"An almost absurdly likeable heroine."