Friday, October 21, 2011

Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose

Imagine a computer so small you have to use toothpicks to hit the keys...

I got my copy of this ebook from Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley (thank you).  It is written for ages 8-12 and will be published on November 8th.  This is a fun fantasy story about mice and a little girl who is lonely.

Megan has been adventuring with her mother, who does animal research.  She's been home schooled.  She and her mom are visiting with her uncle but Megan is real disappointed when her mother takes off for Australia and she can't go, too.  She then gets shipped off to her father and his new wife and she's also going to have to go to school.  And late, too.  Everyone will stare...

The one good thing she has is a very mini computer that her Uncle has created.  It so tiny it will fit on her thumb, and she has to use toothpicks to hit the keys.  But it works!  They name it the Thumbtop and she takes it with her to her father's house.  She hides it in her room, but someone spies it through her window.  And someone else sneaks into her room at night and uses it.

Imagine her surprise when she finds a mouse in her room and it talks to her...

The mouse nation is interested in acquiring more computers in that compact size.  How Megan and Trey work together to try to accomplish that task is amusing and fun to read about.  

Why not let your child watch how the mouse nation can network and make things happen.  The story is way-out fantasy, and it's a fun read.

Happy reading.

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