If you haven't already met Babymouse, a feisty little mouse with big dreams, this would be a great time to start. Sixth in a series of fun-size books for younger girls, Camp Babymouse is written and illustrated by the brother-sister team of Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. It's a zany little book crammed with black-and-white-and-pink drawings and lots of emphatically traced-over sound-effect words ( WHOOSH! THUNK! SPLASH! ). Our heroine, Babymouse, is a hapless camper with zero chance of winning a merit badge, but she sticks it out and eventually finds something she's good at: the camp scavenger hunt. The simple story and upbeat characters make this series a great introduction to comics for young readers.

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