Blast Off Book Festival set for Madison Public Library

MADISON – The Blast Off Book Festival is returning to Madison Public Library with a “New York Times” Best Selling Author whose plots and characters intrigue children.

Jennifer L. Holm will be the event’s special guest. During her presentation, Holm will discuss her two graphic novels, “Babymouse” and “Squish.” Participants in the festival can learn about the process of writing books and graphic novels.

Holm is the recipient of three Newbery Honors awards and collaborates on the Eisner Award-winning “Babymouse” series with her brother, Matthew Holm. “Babymouse” has more than 3.4 million books in print.

Her novels include “Our Only May Amelia,” “Penny From Heaven,” “Turtle in Paradise” and a Scott O’Dell Award for her novel, “Full of Beans.” Her best-selling series, “Squish,” now is streaming as an animated television series on HBO MAX.

For the Blast Off Book Festival on March 2, doors at Madison Public Library will open at 5:45 p.m. The session will start at 6 p.m. and close around 7:45 p.m.

The “Babymouse” series has 13 volumes. The books enter the imaginative life of Babymouse, a sassy young mouse who dreams of glamour, excitement, adventure, straight whiskers and reigning as queen of the world, according to Amazon (amazon.com). Babymouse’s ultimate dream is to receive an invitation to the ‘oh-so-exclusive’ party that socialite Felicia Furrypaws is conducting.

The comedy “Squish” looks at the ventures of an amoeba who wears a ball cap. Squish acts like all the typical youth in middle school. Squish’s hometown of Small Pond looks suspiciously like real life with tidy streets, schools and homes.

However, Small Pond is inhabited solely by single-celled creatures with a few quirks. And the bacteria constantly make a mess of everything. (imdb.com)

Founded in 1818, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is the oldest public library system in Alabama. The system has 10 branches, along with a BookMobile and Outreach services, and serves all of Madison County.

For more information, visit hmcpl.org/blastoff.

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