When my nephew, Benjamin, invited me to Career Day at his school, things did not turn out the way I expected. I caused a volcanic explosion, got tangled in the tunnel slide on the playground, and accidentally let the class's pet gecko out of its cage! Rat munching rattlesnakes-how was I going to get myself out of this mess?
This is the first book I've read in the Geronimo Stilton series. My son has been reading them to himself but I've only listened to him read a chapter or two here or there. Tomorrow is library day for my daughter and she informed me after baths that we hadn't read her books yet. I was picturing her usual picture books so I told her I'd read them when I came back downstairs. Imagine my surprise when she had two chapter books for me to read before bed! I let her pick one and I read it a lot faster than I normally would, with a lot less inflection and such, but we finished it!
Geronimo seems like a really fun and relateable character. He admits to being scared of things and nervous about things but forges ahead anyway, which seems like a good lesson for children. All the names have something to do with mice. Like last names such as Stiffwhiskers, Handimouse, Sandsnout and Rodentford. All the food seems to be cheese based and Geronimo is funny. He gets hoisted up a flag pole and stuck in a tube slide, he gets scared of a mummy and gets caught trying to sneak food when preparing lunch. He is like a big kid caught in a world he has trouble with. It will take a few more books but I think I like Geronimo. There are illustrations very regularly throughout the books and some of the text is written in different fonts or colors, sometimes going in a curly pattern or like a set of stairs. Interspersed with the story are real facts about thinks like geckos and recipes and directions to try experiments included in the book. Definitely a book that will hold the attention of elementary are children.
Pub. Date: July 2009
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Mass Market Paperback , 128pp
Age Range: 7 to 10
Series: Geronimo Stilton Series , #38