Before I tell you just how great her graphic novels are, I have to tell you that Jennifer L Holm is the author of eleven books, three of which are Newbery Honor titles - Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise. Besides the hugely popular Babymouse series of graphic novels, which are to reluctant and emerging girl readers what Captain Underpants is for boys, and the spinoff, Squish, she is the author of the very cool novel with lots of graphics, Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf.
Babymouse: Queen of the World was published in 2005 and I remember getting a lot of mileage out of it back when I was a reading tutor for second graders. Girls were (and are) crazy about these books, which now total fifteen with number sixteen, Babymouse for President, due July, 2012. Babymouse is brave, creative and adventure prone. But, best of all, her books are ALL PINK! That is, except for Babymouse: Mad Scientist, #14, in which we meet Squish, the amoeba. While working on her science fair project, Babymouse scoops up some pond water to observe under a microscope and that's when Squish brings the green to the scene! This is great for boys, however, as an observant bookseller, I happen to know that there are plenty of boys who read Babymouse books regardless of the presence of a green single-celled organism. In fact, after devouring Squish: Super Amoeba, my seven year old son was very interested to learn that he burst forth from another series of graphic novels and was not put off by the title or color of the Babymouse series in the least.