Parent reviews for Geronimo Stilton

Common Sense says

Mouse's adventures encourage kids to read, write, and think.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews
Adult Written byT in Oregon November 29, 2018

OK—but read with your kids to discuss gender & racial stereotypes

My son loves these books, comics, chapter books, all bazillion of them. Mostly I enjoy their combination of education and adventure. However, many persistent tropes of sexism and racism/xenophobia stand out.

The new series of comic books, "Geronimo Stilton, Reporter", might help revive journalism among the young. That's a good thing. But the first book in the series has a stupidly sexist twist, and the bad guy is a presumed Indian raj in a turban.

The older ones are a little more benign. However, expect to interrupt your youngster to talk about gender attitudes fairly often.

It would be nice if the Common Sense review icons added something along the lines of "Gender stereotypes" and "Racial stereotypes" along with "Too Much Violence" etc.
Adult Written byfacb1966 February 23, 2016

sexist drek

Raises gender stereotype in kidlit to a new low. Mad Men for kiddies. Mid-20th-century messaging about women's roles and male machismo. Skip it. Remove it from your school libraries. This one is junk.
Adult Written byShellyMo March 4, 2020

Awful series

I’m truly not sure how this series ended up becoming so popular because it’s terribly sexist and racist. It’s difficult to imagine how something so blatantly problematic was published in this century. It’s really bad.