The Mysterious Cheese Thief: Geronimo Stilton #31

Common Sense Media says

Mouse-authored series engages young readers.





What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Mild cartoonish pranks including getting hit over the head with an umbrella, a mouse's tie gets stuck on a conveyor belt.

Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a bit of cartoonish violence: characters getting bopped on the head with things like umbrellas, a mouse's tie gets stuck inside a conveyor belt, and a mouse is accidentally locked in a cold factory.

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What's the story?

Geronimo Stilton, protagonist, mouse, and author, happens to be named after the very type of cheese that's mysteriously disappearing. With the help of his nephew, sister, and cousin he tries to get to the bottom of it. Will the makers of Stilton -- who think that Geronimo stole their name -- be satisfied once he solves the case?

Is it any good?


This series will get young and reluctant readers engaged with full-color illustrations, and a large, appealing typeset sprinkled generously with "big" or "fun" words drawn in special ways (like the word, "embarrassing," written in huge red letters each time it's used). Readers who are looking to expand their vocabulary will benefit from seeing the same words written out in the same way -- not that the book is too repetitive.

Other unique aspects of THE MYSTERIOUS CHEESE THIEF include highly detailed illustrations of Geronimo's workplace, The Rodent's Gazette, and a map of New Mouse City and Mouse Island itself, reminding the reader of similar detailed worlds captured in the Where's Waldo books and those by Richard Scarry.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reading big words. How did this book help? Was it the large print, the drawings, or both? The book also contains two recipes featuring cheese that might be fun for a family to cook together.

Book details

Author:Geronimo Stilton
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Publication date:August 1, 2007
Number of pages:128
Publisher's recommended age(s):7 - 10

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Teen, 16 years old Written bylove88 May 27, 2011

soooooooooooo goooooooooood

it has a good message i read this when i was younger and loved it i think it is funny not at alllllllllllllllll inapropriate it is only funny and sweet
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byostrich_reg January 6, 2009

This is a good book for "kids"

This book is "great" for kids
Kid, 11 years old December 19, 2010
I liked reading this when I was younger. Silly/funny book. Perfect for 7 and up.


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