Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes

illus. by Matthew Holm. 40p. Random. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101937433.
K-Gr 2—While the familiar pink, black, and white color scheme makes various appearances on a page, a panel, or even a dragon, the Holm siblings instead choose bold outlines and an expanded palette for this picture book prequel to their popular graphic novels. This Babymouse, dressed in red footie pajamas, may be younger and smaller, but her creativity and mischievousness loom just as large as always. Unable to resist the tasty cookies that were supposed to be left for Santa, Babymouse decides that baking cupcakes will get her back onto his "nice" list, which will hopefully lead to a suit of armor under the tree come Christmas morning. When she is left alone to watch the cupcakes cool while her mother tends to her baby brother, impatience and imagination kick in. Squeak's cries turn into a dragon's roar, and a mighty battle to protect the cupcakes ensues.
VERDICT The same buoyant fun of the graphic novel series can be found here, connecting younger children to what is becoming a beloved classic character.

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