Babymouse: Skater Girl double axels for an excellently executed story. This seventh book in the series smoothly glides through another epic episode in the life of everyone's favorite little rodent.
Babymouse wants a trophy, but the only thing she's really good at is eating cupcakes. When she joins her friends for an afternoon of ice skating on the pond, a coach catches her moves and offers to train her. Babymouse leaps at the chance to enter an ice-skating competition and possibly win first place. But our girl didn't realize what she would have to give up to get what she wants.
With a smile on her face and the ice "swooshing" beneath her feet, Babymouse jumps into another daydream. Her desire to be the best at something is a feeling that all readers can relate to, and her determination to pursue this goal is more than admirable. When her natural ability clashes with some unnatural restrictions (can you believe the coach won't let her eat cupcakes?), our little ice skater knuckles down and keeps her eyes on the prize. Her perseverance gets a round of applause even when her stamina takes a licking. When a lack of sleep, free time and sweet little cupcakes turns her smile upside-down, Babymouse makes a really grownup decision. Young readers will be encouraged by her actions as they follow her form to a really graceful finish.
And the best part is, with Babymouse on the ice, no one is going to be worrying about global warming.