Mimi and the Boo-Hoo Blahs

Scholastic/Graphix. (Mimi: Bk. 2). Feb. 2023. 80p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781338766707; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781338766691.
Gr 1-3–In this sequel to Mimi and the Cutie Catastrophe, Mimi wakes up one morning to discover she has a growing case of the Blahs. With her magical toy dog Penelope by her side, Mimi explores different ways that people improve their mood, with thanks to her friends Mateo, Nina, Katie, and Sadie. As her case of Blahs gets bigger and bigger, Mimi learns a valuable lesson about facing her feelings. Overall, this adorable graphic chapter book is an easy-to-follow tale that tackles relatable emotions. The pastel, manga-influenced artwork, especially the imagination sequences and the lumpy blue Blah blob, keeps the narrative tone light even when Mimi feels incredibly blah. Characters are depicted with various shades of brown skin as well as different hairstyles; one character wears glasses.
VERDICT The opposite of blah! New series readers as well as fans of the first Mimi volume will definitely be happy with this adorable graphic novel.

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