Spacemice Alien Escape by Geronimo Stilton
Published by Scholastic US
Alien Escape, published May 2014, is part of the long-running series of adventures by author-mouse Geronimo Stilton. Geronimo is the commander of the spaceship Mousestar I, but what he really wants is to be an author, so he records his adventures in space for children to read!
The Mousestar I is in danger: the special rare element that powers the ship is running low and they must find more before the batteries explode! But when seemingly friendly pink Mousoids from the planet Rattos offer the element as a sign of friendship, expecting nothing in return, is everything as it seems?
Geronimo is the reluctant leader of the Mousestar I, who would rather sit quietly and write that go on crazy space missions, but his passion to save his home and his friends is clear in this fun story. Geronimo and his friends are problem solvers, who save themselves using their ingenuity and instincts. Geronimo learns to embrace his very special role and he wins the approval of his grandfather in the process.
This book is a very dynamic read: the illustrations form a mini comic strip of the events described in the text, the ‘information files’ makes the reader feel like a member of the space team and the words that jump out in different fonts and colours create excitement and aid understanding. This is the perfect beginners novel for young readers transitioning into chapter books, because it successfully melds the qualities of a picture book with the more complex story of a chapter book. With both male and female mouse characters, Spacemice has the ability to appeal to everyone. However, though Scholastic recommends the book to Grades 2-4, it is likely to be more appealing to readers in the younger bracket.
A series like Geronimo Stilton is ideal for young readers, because they can follow the adventures of their favourite character across numerous volumes, encouraging them to read more. However, as this is a book about mice and by a mouse, readers must be warned that a high level of cheese knowledge is required. Enjoy!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Geronimo Stilton
Title: Spacemice Alien Escape
Publisher: Scholastic US
Published: May 2014