Reviews for Babymouse 9 : Monster Mash
Booklist Reviews 2008 August #1
In this Halloween story, the color scheme used in previous Babymouse books switches from prodimently pink to orange. Babymouse is planning a party and enjoys scary costumes, but is told that girls should be pretty. After trick-or-treating in a fairy costume with the â€œprettyâ€ girlsâ€"who are mostly interested in playing nasty tricksâ€"Babymouse switches back into her zombie costume and declares a rule for her party: only scary costumes allowed. Throughout, Babymouse has imaginary encounters with classic monsters that aren't too frightening for younger readers, and her preference for monsters over prettiness should encourage those who don't care to be overly girly. Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Babymouse sheds her pink-hued world for the orange and black of Halloween. Felicia Furrypaw tells Babymouse that girls have to be something pretty for Halloween. Should Babymouse go along with Felicia's rules? It's a relief when Babymouse finds her backbone and sends the bossy girl packing. Familiar situations, easy language, and an uncomplicated graphic structure make this series a hit. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #5
Babymouse has shed her pink-hued fantasy world for the orange and black world of Halloween in this ninth installment of the wildly popular series. Babymouse plans to be a werewolf or a zombie until Felicia Furrypaws, the Mean Girl (er, Mouse) of their school, sets her straight: girls have to be something pretty for Halloween. Babymouse continues to walk the tightrope between Felicia's posse and her own good sense. Should she go along with Felicia's many rules, or should she stand up to her? Wilson, Babymouse's best friend, is the unsung hero of these books. After Babymouse blows him off, going along with Felicia's trick-or-treating crowd and lamely participating in some nasty tricks, Wilson is there when she comes to her senses. After so many run-ins with Felicia, it's a relief when Babymouse finds her backbone and sends the bossy girl packing. Familiar situations, easy language, and an uncomplicated graphic structure make this series a hit with a wide array of readers. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 July #2
What's scarier than a zombie mouse? Why, Felicia Furrypaws and her storm troopers, who suck all the fun out of Babymouse's Halloween by their insistence on her following "the rules" in exchange for their gracing her post-trick-or-treat party with their dubious presence. Exchanging orange for their customary pink to accent their black-and-white panels, the Holms demonstrate again why Babymouse is one of the best characters going, her imagination taking over the pages with horror-movie scenes as she negotiates the hazards of elementary-school friendships on a particularly horrifying Halloween night. (Graphic fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.