Saturday, April 11, 2015
Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose illustrated by Stephanie Yue
I thoroughly enjoy books where the author creates and maintains an alternate reality. I love discovering all the little inventions and strategies he or she develops so that as a reader I can believe something so entirely I start to wonder if it might in fact even be true, Mousenet is a perfect example of this. Think of Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, The Borrowers, Masterpiece and Tumtum and Nutmeg.
Megan helps her uncle invent a tiny computer which she then names a Thumbtop. What Megan does not realise is she is being watched - by mice! The Mouse Nation immediately realise this tiny computer will revolutionize the lives of all mice. Unknown to humans mice have evolved and they can now use computers and some have even been trained to speak to humans.
Here is a detailed review by Jen Robinson. My blogger friend Mr K has also written an excellent review.
Here is a picture to show you how mice use human computers and why the Thumbtop will change their lives.
Mousenet is a long book (389 pages) but I read it over two days because it was such fun. The mice are especially endearing and each has its own quirky personality. This book might make a good family read-a-loud. I now need to find the sequel Mousemobile.
Here is a little extract to make you smile - three mice will travel with Megan when she is sent to stay with her father and his new wife in Oregon.
"Next, a supply team gathered what was needed for the journey. They gave each of the mice two small plastic bags, one full of cheese crackers,and the other empty, for poop. As all mice know, few things in nature disturb humans as much as mouse poop, and a disturbed human can be the most danger mammal on the planet."