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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Elisabetta Dami's Geronimo Stilton series about adventurous mice is a solidly fun read with decent plots, and the books are packed with illustrations. The type fonts are all over the map, which can be engaging for early readers but distracting for others; sometimes it's hard to know if a word is part of the paragraph or a picture. When the mice go on adventures, solve mysteries, and overcome fears, they learn lessons about patience and perseverance. The female mice that Geronimo is drawn to are oddly sexualized, drawn with curves and written about in ways that are a bit above the age of the reader. There are several spin-off series and an almost endless number of Geronimo books to read.
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What's the story?
In the GERONIMO STILTON series, Geronimo, the anxiety-ridden editor of The Rodent's Gazette, is dragged along on adventures with his adrenaline-junkie sister, Thea, his buffoon of a cousin, Trap, and his sweet nephew, Benjamin. Despite resisting any kind of risky behavior in his everyday life, he finds himself in the middle of the jungle, upside-down in Thea's airplane, face-to-face with a mummy, or caught in any other harebrained scheme his family concocts. While everything works out in the end, Geronimo spends most of the books trying to get out of situations that make him nervous -- which is pretty much everything.
Is it any good?
This series is funny and has great nicknames for the characters and playful descriptions of New Mouse City and the mice who live there. Every story has a positive ending and Geronimo overcomes a fear or learns a small lesson, which is nice for readers this age. The illustrations are vibrant and funny (although the females are a little too curvy), and the pages are alive with color. It's a fun series for readers who like light, simple adventures and mysteries.
While this series is full of mice on adventures, the plots are a little dull. Geronimo Stilton spends a lot of time telling readers about how nervous he is, and the stories move at a pretty slow pace, given the amount of words on each page.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how siblings Thea and Geronimo Stilton behave in the Geronimo Stilton series. They tease and harass, but are also supportive and look out for each other. Is this like any siblings you know?
Geronimo is nervous about a lot of things, but tries to overcome his fears. What are you nervous about and how do you get through hard situations?
What other books do you like about adventurous animals?
- Author: Elisabetta Dami
- Illustrator: Matt Wolf
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication date: February 1, 2004
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 10
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: December 10, 2019
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