I actually just found out that Jennifer Holm has written a few of the books of contemporary books that I’ve read. So I decided to do a post dedicated to her. Her Babymouse series that was created with her brother, Matthew Holm, was one of the series that actually got me into cartoons and comics, so I’m grateful to her and Matthew Holm.
1) Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
A really funny, geeky, little series about well, an amoeba. Very cute, fast read.
Synopsis: Introducing SQUISH—a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day). Inspired by his favorite comic book hero, SUPER AMOEBA!, Squish has to navigate school (bullies! detention! Principal Planaria!), family (dad: Hates to wear a tie. Secretly listens to heavy metal in the car), and friends (Peggy-rainbows! happy all the time! and Pod . . . who’s . . . well, you just have to meet him). Can Squish save the world—and his friends—from the forces of evil lurking in the hallways? Find out in Squish: Super Amoeba—saving the world, one cell at a time!
pg count for the paperback: 96
2) Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Synopsis: It’s 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing’s that easy in Penny’s family. For starters, she can’t go swimming because her mother’s afraid she’ll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father’s name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren’t speaking to each other!
pg count for the hardback: 288
3) Our Only May-Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
I genuinely love this book. 4.5 stars. It’s probably my favorite book by Jennifer L. Holm, and it has a great story that I really enjoyed. A kind of Hattie Big Sky feel to it.
Synopsis: It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can′t seem to abide her family′s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She′s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama′s going to have a baby, maybe there′s hope.
Inspired by the diaries of her great-aunt, the real May Amelia, first-time novelist Jennifer Holm has given us a beautifully crafted tale of one young girl whose unique spirit captures the courage, humour, passion and depth of the American pioneer experience.
pg count for the paperback: 272
4) Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
The Babymouse series is so much more than it appears to be. It is at times hilarious and real. I love this series.
Synopsis: It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The adventure? Nothing ever changes, until . . . Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in Babymouse: Queen of the World, a graphic novel with attitude!
pg count for the paperback: 96