Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail Written by Richard Peck Read by Russ Bain

He's a small little mouse with no name that lives at the Royal Palace.  He tries very hard to do his best but always seems to be lacking something.  For instance, he can't remember half the palace rules.  And school bores him.  But sneaking out to have an adventure turns out to be a most unpleasant experience and puts him danger.  What now?

Random House Audio sent me an audio of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick it up wherever audio books are sold.  It's 3 1/2 hours of audio CD listening and is appropriate for middle schoolers (and adults like that like children's books).

For one thing, he was dressed when one of the princesses sees him and almost falls from her horse on him.  You're never to wear clothes or stand on two legs when being around humans.  Mouse Minor (his school nickname) can't go back there either; he's failed in his courses.  Help comes from a very unexpected source:  the barn cat takes mercy on him and hides him in the horse stall in the hay.  Peg, the horse, decides he likes him.  The first thing he does is take him for a ride.  However, that doesn't turn out well.  When Peg flicks his ear to flirt with the little filly going by, that flips Mouse Minor out on the bushes.  Oh, no!

Mouse Minor must have had an animal god looking after him because his adventures just increase and get more dangerous.  Each one gets to be an even greater challenge until he actually has an audience with Queen Victoria!  His adventure isn't done there, though.  He now has to find the mouse queen and meet with, Queen Victoria tells him so.

These adventures are great fun and with a little imagination you can how this small mouse is overwhelmed by how big the world is.  I enjoyed this one. Mr. Bain has a nice English accent that makes you feel like you're hanging out at the Royal castle, too.  

Why not share this audio book with your family; it's sure to make them smile.

Happy listening.

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