Friday, 20 June 2014

Cavemice: Watch Your Tail!

Cavemice: Watch Your Tail! by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic Inc)
PB RRP $12.99
ISBN 978-0-545-44775-1
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

When Old Mouse City is struck down by a mysterious illness it is up to a (reluctantly) brave mouse, Geronimo Stiltonoot, to save the day. This brave mouse is the prehistoric ancestor of Geronimo Stilton who many readers know today through his heroic exploits.

Stiltonoot and his sidekick Trap, dodge meteorites, volcanoes and were-bats, as they try to follow Sharman Bluster's map and hurry to complete their dangerous mission. But what are the shady Club Brother's up to and how did they get to the Cave of Memories so quickly? Is there a short cut?

Geronimo Stilton books are very popular among the mid primary school readers. Full of humour, word play, fabulous pictures and plots and schemes galore, the scaredy-mouse usually ends up in some very precarious positions before saving the day and emerging a hero. There are always great maps, and this book a couple of wonderful ones tracing Stiltonoot's journey and showing the interior of the Cave of Memories (along the lines of the interior of pyramids with all the different chambers).

Both illustrations and text are very funny and Watch Your Tail! is an entertaining, absorbing and quick read which will be enjoyed by many.

Watch Your Tail! is the second title in Geronimo’s spin off Cavemice series. It offers a whole new array of disaster possibilities for his ancient ancestor, a fellow scaredy mouse, to encounter.

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