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Annotation: After finally getting a cell phone, Babymouse tries to increase her popularity in middle school by becoming the queen of social media.
Catalog Number: #160287
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Holm, Matthew,
Pages: 191 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-55441-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1148-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-55441-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1148-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017011512
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Not really a cautionary tale but agenda-driven nonetheless, this second episode in Babymouse's rocky middle-school experience (Lights, Camera, Middle School!, 2017) shoots her up a steep learning curve when she finally gets the cell phone she craves. In a series of mortifying tutorials, presented in a mix of narrative and punchline-laced cartoon drawings, she gets schooled on the actual costs of "free" phones, the addictive nature of social apps, the special language of texting, the predictable results of letting her brother post private videos, the hazards of using voice-to-text software to write a Shakespeare report ("A Misnomer Right's Team, Bye Babymoose"), and the results of following GPS travel directions. Having Babymouse, in her thirst for notice, stalkerishly photobomb the selfies of snotty A-lister Felicia Furrypaws and her sycophants seems a bit tone deaf, as otherwise the Holms steer clear of depicting less safe or savory cyber practices. But even if it's hard to tell how much Babymouse learns from her mishaps, readers ce they finish ROFL ll be left with plenty of food for thought. SRSLY.
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Babymouse has a lot to learn when she gets her first smartphone. Her forays into the quagmire of social media intensify her obsession with popularity and make her vulnerable to the middle schooler's nightmare: public humiliation. Babymouse's phone troubles are LOL funny, but her misguided attempts to reinvent herself will definitely resonate with fans. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations are integral to advancing the story, second in the spinoff series.
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Word Count: 14,078
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 198335 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 600L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

Watch out, middle school! In her second foray out of graphic novels and into middle grade, Babymouse has a smartphone, and she's not afraid to use it. . . .

Ping! Ping! The sound of texting is in the air. Everyone at middle school has a cell phone. Babymouse just has to get one, too.

But having a phone is a lot of work! Building up a following on SoFamous, learning text lingo, keeping up with all the important koala videos . . . Babymouse is ready to tear her whiskers out. Why does it suddenly feel like she has no friends? Somehow, Babymouse needs to figure out how to stop worrying and love her smartphone . . . if Locker doesn't eat it first.

Highly illustrated with black-and-white art throughout and a dozen or so comic pages, this is the perfect showcase for bestselling authors Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm's signature humor. Middle school may never be the same!

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