Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Queen of the World!

Queen of the World!
Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Babymouse is a quirky little comic about a mouse of the same name who wants to be popular more than anything else. She has a habit of slipping off into dream worlds in her mind, possibly because of all the books she loves to read-- she imagines giant squid fights, being captain of a star ship, stumbling upon a monster, and being a detective in a very film noir style, among other things. She wants to go to the mean popular girl's slumber party very badly. Babymouse ends up giving the mean girl her book report to turn in as her own just so she'll get an invite. Once she gets to the slumber party, though, she realizes that these girls are nothing like her, and she doesn't enjoy the things they like to do. Additionally, she hears them insulting her friend, Wilson, and realizes that she was happier before she 'fit in' with these people, and that she didn't need to become the Queen of the World with them, since she was already the Queen of a world she cared much more about. The art is very simplistic, and the simplicity is heightened by the limited color palate: only black, white, and pink are used. Recommended for grades 1-4.

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