Interestingly enough, the second graphic novel I read (from the stack she’s considering for her genre report) was also by Jennifer L. Holm and her brother. My carpool friend mentioned that her daughter enjoyed the Babymouse books in 3rd grade or so, and so I put Babymouse: Queen of the World! on hold with the others. My oldest complained that it wasn’t “exciting” (she likes mysteries), and I have to say that I didn’t find it so either. It’s not, however, that it’s a bad book; it’s just a better fit for my six-year-old in a lot of ways. (Although I have to confess that the simplicity might not have bothered me if the plot hadn’t been one that I can’t relate to. It’s a perfectly relevant plot for middle grade readers, mind you–it’s just that some characters do things that I can understand intellectually but cannot relate to emotionally.)
Bottom line? My six-year-old is interested in more, despite the challenge the vocabulary poses for her, but not so much my newly-minted nine-year-old.