I received this book for free from the publisher at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Published on December 12, 2016.
James Patterson’s newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships that he makes along the way.
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky–which until recently was something he’d never seen, but had read all about. That’s right–Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans…if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his “mischief” (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it’s hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.
This book is really fun. Isaiah is a blue mouse who has always dreamed of having a grand adventure, like the ones he’s read about in books. He escapes from a test lab and is determined to rescue his 96 brothers and sisters. After finding a couple of good friends, one of them a human girl named Hailey, he manages to achieve his goal.
Written in short chapters, this book is told in Isaiah’s voice with a lot of humor. Patterson has done an excellent job of imagining life as a mouse. Sure Isaiah has some advantages – he’s super smart, he can read, and he can type to communicate with Hailey. There are plenty of villains – a hawk, a hairless cat, and the scientists.
The illustrations by Joe Sutphin are such a wonderful addition to this story. Each pen and ink drawing was more adorable than the last. He perfectly captured the characters and situations from the story.
I cannot wait to read this book aloud with my son. It’s a perfect read for kids ages 7-11.
My Rating: 4 Stars