Thursday, November 16, 2017

SERIES THURSDAY: The Adventures of Henry Whiskers/Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe


ABOUT THE BOOK

Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary’s historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle.

Twenty-five generations of Whiskers have lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. For young, book-loving Henry Whiskers and his family, this is the perfect place to call home.

But when the dollhouse undergoes unexpected repairs and Henry’s youngest sister, Isabel, goes missing, he risks everything in a whisker-whipping race against time to save her. His rescue mission will take him to the murky and scary world of Rat Alley, and Henry will have to dig deep and find the courage he never knew he had in order to bring his sister back home.
 


REVIEW

Henry is not a particularly adventurous mouse.  He prefers to sit in the Queen Mary's historical dollhouse and read books from the library.  After all, since his father's death it's been his job as the oldest Whisker child to help his mother take care of the dollhouse.  But when his sister Isabel goes missing and Henry is the only one to know where she might be, he has to step out of his comfort zone and go find her, even if it means facing Titus, the cat, or the rats.  I enjoyed this for the most part but I didn't fall in love with it.  I guess I just didn't find it extremely compelling.  But it is a cute story and I absolutely fell in love with the dollhouse.  Sigh.  I mean, a dollhouse with real books, cars that run, and real kitchen appliances.  How awesome is that.  I'd recommend this series for those readers who love animals stories but aren't yet ready for Warriors by Erin Hunter or Redwall by Brian Jacques.


ABOUT THE BOOK
 
Henry Whiskers and his cousin, Jeremy, must find their way back home—Queen Mary’s dollhouse—and to Windsor Castle with the help of a mysterious treasure map in this fun, fast-paced follow up to The Adventures of Henry Whiskers.

Little Henry Whiskers is thrilled when he discovers an old, crinkly map, complete with a giant X marking a spot, full of treasure—at least, that’s what Henry thinks. All he knows is that this map is something BIG—he can feel it right down to the tip of his tail.

But before he can share his exciting find with his cousin and best friend, Jeremy, they find themselves in the danger zone: The Windsor Castle Kitchen. And after being unceremoniously caught and thrown out of the castle, with nothing but the map, the two little mice realize they have bigger problems than being caught in the kitchen! How will they get back to the dollhouse?

With the help of his cousin, Jeremy and a fellow field mouse named Wisely, the cousins battle a hungry falcon, an endless and stormy lake, and the maze of landmarks on the Windsor Castle Grounds as they try to find his way back home—and discover the mysterious map is more connected to the Whiskers family than either of them could have ever imagined.


REVIEW 

In this cute follow-up to The Adventures of Henry WhiskersHenry and his cousin Jeremy get carried away from Windsor Castle and dumped outside.  Henry and Jeremy have to find a way to survive and make their way home.  And just what does the map that Henry found just before disaster struck mean?  This book is a nice read, but nothing that really jumped out at me.  Maybe it was the unrealistic behavior of some of the animals that bothered me, beyond the walking, talking mice that is.  A cat's claws don't click on the floor because they remain sheathed except when in use.  Hawks don't dump prey in an empty nest.  These things aren't likely to bother young readers though, who will be focused on Henry and Jeremy's risky attempts to find their way home, and be curious about the mysterious map and just what it might lead the mice to find.

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