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Book Review: Babymouse

Babymouse: Queen of the World is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Third-grader Babymouse desperately wants to be the queen of the world, but in order to do that she needs to get on the good side of Felicia Furrypaws, the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, Felicia does not like Babymouse. But Babymouse is determined and ends up getting invited to Felicia’s sleepover. Unfortunately, the sleepover is on the same night that Babymouse has plans to watch a monster movie with her best friend Wilson the weasel. But surely Wilson will understand right…? 

At its heart, this is a graphic novel with a positive message about friendship and deciding what kind of friend you want to be. Babymouse eventually realizes that Felicia Furrypaws and her crew are not the kinds of friends she wants. Even if they are the most popular girls in school, they are mean and boring. Babymouse realizes how good she’s got it with Wilson and decides that she is no longer interested in befriending Felicia in order to be queen of the world. Babymouse is already queen of her own world, she’s got a great friend in Wilson and a great life. This is a great fit for readers who enjoyed the Lunch Lady series or the Squish series.

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Book Review: Sticky Burr

Written and illustrated by John Lechner, Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest is an adorable graphic novel. The story is cute and perfect for any age, but will definitely appeal to younger readers. 

The plot of the book is that Sticky Burr is different from the other burrs: he likes working on art and music. The other burrs make fun of him for these activities, saying “how come you never do prickly things like the rest of us burrs?” and “he should act like the rest of us.” Sticky Burr pays no mind to these words, and goes on being himself. Luckily, his ability to see things in a different way is what helps him save other characters and eventually his own village from danger.

Sticky Burr has several positive messages: be yourself and it’s okay to be different. There’s a glossary for words kids may not be familiar with, and the story is full of rich vocabulary. The story also incorporates field notes, music sheets, and a newspaper which will help children experience different kinds of reading. Overall, I highly recommend this book for kids who are looking for a fun adventure story that is not too scary! 

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Virtual Harry Potter Book Club

Do you have a kid/tween who loves or who you think might love Harry Potter? Want to get them reading and connecting with other kids during these trying times? Then sign them up for our Virtual Harry Potter Book Club! 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is available as an ebook and as an audio-book on Overdrive. All you need to do is sign-in with your library card number and PIN. The PIN is usually the last four digits of your phone number but if you have a problem with Overdrive just send us an email at askus@rodgerslibrary.org.

We will meet via Zoom every Friday at 5pm and talk about where we are at in the book as well as engage in some fun Harry Potter activities planned for this read along! 

Can’t make every Friday? That’s perfectly fine! Just register for the program at the link below and come to the days that you are able to.

Register here: https://events.rodgerslibrary.org/event/6703269

Access book here: https://nh.overdrive.com/search?query=Harry+Potter+and+the+Sorcerer%27s+Stone

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Book Review: Fire Mountain

Fire Mountain was written and illustrated by Glen Downey. It is an informational graphic novel that makes history real for kids. The plot focuses on a fictional character named Cato who is a young slave boy in the city of Pompeii. His mother is also a slave. On the day that Mount Vesuvius erupts he is separated from his mother. Cato must fight for survival while at the same time trying to reunite with his mother. 

While Cato and his mother are fictional characters, this graphic novel does include real people from history. The first page of the book shows readers which characters were real and which ones were fictional. The beginning of the book also includes plenty of educational material, such as a timeline, an explanation on what BCE means, and background information on volcanoes. But what I liked best about Fire Mountain were the “Time Out!” pages included at the end of every chapter. These pages took a break from the story in order to provide a broader historical and informational context to what just happened in the chapter. 

This would be a good graphic novel to hand to older children to help spark their interest in history and get them more into our nonfiction collection!