Review: Babymouse, vol. 13: Cupcake Tycoon

Due to a small – ahem – incident in the library (which was Babymouse’s fault, but she feels really bad about it), all the kids at Babymouse’s school need to sell cupcakes to earn money for new library books. There’s even a prize for the one who sells the most cupcakes. Babymouse LOVES cupcakes almost as much as she loves books, but how can she compete with Felicia Furrypaws’ amazing ad campaign?

If you’ve missed Babymouse’s previous adventures, it’s never too late to pick one up. You don’t need to have read the first twelve books to understand Babymouse’s predicament this time around. You’ll be amazed at how much detail and how many funny moments the Holm siblings can pack into one Babymouse book. Babymouse’s ever-present fantasies take on Donald Trump, Indiana Jones, Rumpelstiltskin, and more, while her inability to sell cupcakes to an saturated market will be familiar territory to any child (or parent!) who has had to tackle a school fundraiser.

Not only does Babymouse’s story have a terrific sense of humor and a gentle lesson that doesn’t make the book seem preachy or, heaven-forbid, educational, the artwork is top notch. It walks a line between making Babymouse’s world seem realistic and bringing her vivid imagination to life….

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Babymouse, vol. 13: Cupcake Tycoon
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
ISBN 978-0-375-86573-2
Random House, September 2010

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