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Product Details

  • Series: Mouse Guard (Book 52)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496867
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Petersen's art is wonderfully textured and the story is a good one, suitable for kids." - Variety.com "Petersen's character designs are enormously appealing, and the book is hard to put down" - Publishers Weekly "A nice pleasant surprise; it's well written and drawn, and it's the sort of book where at the end you want to see more." - iComics.com "... a compelling story wrapped in extraordinary art" - Mark A. Messler, author of Zeyde and the Hidden Mine" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008 won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 Hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog Autumn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It was very well done; both the story and the illustration was top notch.
Karissa Eckert
I have to say we are both enjoying this book immensely and can't wait for the next series (Winter 1152) to come out as a collected volume.
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I enjoyed reading this comic book (oops graphic novel to the new age people).
Timothy J. Peters

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Castro on January 18, 2010
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This book and the next (Mouse Guard Volume 2: Winter 1152 (Mouse Guard Graphic Novels)) are both among the best books I have ever bought for my kids. I bought both together by chance, as the price was right and I wanted to add something for the kids in an Amazon order I was about to close.

I have a 6 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. They were both absolutely taken by the combination of me telling the story, and they looking at the drawings. They couldn't wait to have another chapter (six chapters in each book, 12 in total, if I recall). Bedtime became a very special moment. The kids were thrilled every night by the ritual of us three sitting in bed to be taken, together, through another chapter.

It's been 3 months since I read them the two books in sequence. Do you know what is interesting? They still recall the name of all major characters -- Kenzie, Saxon, Celanawe, Gwendolyn, Sadie... no small feat, considering that neither of my kids is a native English speaker, and that the names sounded just as random as Pokemon names to them. I read from the English edition, but did real time translation of the dialogues, while telling the story. That made it even more personal for all of us.

If you are the author reading this, many thanks for your work, congratulations for a great job. We can't wait for the next book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2008
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My 2nd grader is reading at several grade levels above his age and has really outgrown standard picture books, yet he's not ready to give up illustrations entirely. He complains about chapter books that have few if any pictures. I've been searching for books with artwork that are age-appropriate (along the lines of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which he loved, by the way).

We found this book at our mall's comic store. I have to say we are both enjoying this book immensely and can't wait for the next series (Winter 1152) to come out as a collected volume. The artwork is amazing; he loves how the expressions on the characters change. We both enjoy the pages that have no words: trying to figure out what is going on, really using our imagination to build up the story.

As we read this book we are keeping a vocabulary journal and so far he's learned: "diversion", "suspect", "traitor", "subtle", "recruit", "cartographer". I am an SAT tutor and I know it's never too early to instill good vocabulary habits!

I highly recommend this series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 5, 2012
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I picked up a copy of this book at the used book store. I had been wanting to read this series forever and thought my 5 year old son would also enjoy it. It was very well done; both the story and the illustration was top notch.

Mice struggle to survive with the tangle of predators around. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. The Mouse Guard guard the paths between villages to ensure that mice can travel safely. When a merchant mouse goes missing Kenzie, Lieam, and Saxon are sent out to find what happened. What they find goes beyond a simple case of a mouse getting injured or lost; looks like there may be a traitor in their ranks.

This is a very well done story. The illustrations are wonderful; very detailed and they add a lot to the story, making it easier to follow. Very classic fantasy type drawings; muted colors, very finished, with lots of detail.

The plot is intricate and well done. There is action, adventure, and intrigue. There are legends that appear in the story with the Black Ax hero, traitors, huge predators that attack, and battles that take place. It is a fairly epic story. At points it reminds of a mouse version of other classic fantasies like Lord of the Rings or Secret of Nihm. All the mice have excellent character backgrounds and are well fleshed out.

The book is appropriate for all ages. Although at one point one of the mice does get captured and hurt for information; it never gets too graphic. There are also battle scenes. My son, who is five, enjoyed it immensely. We read a chapter each night and he really looked forward to it. I don't think he understood all of the politics and intrigue that were happening, but he got the main story.

Overall an absolutely excellent read for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
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When I first heard of Mouse Guard, I immediately thought of Brian Jacques' Redwall books. Like the Jacques books, David Petersen's series also features mice as heroes carrying swords and performing deeds of derring-do. One of the biggest differences is that Redwall is prose (except for the DVD adaptations) and most of the imagery is supplied by the reader. With Mouse Guard, Petersen provides the story and the pictures in graphic novel format.

The artwork is dark for the most part, as is much of the story, but it suits the tale extremely well. Petersen is a craftsman when it comes to telling and showing his story. Most of the images get the point across really well, but many of them are incredibly striking as well. I love how he draws the characters and the action, but I love the world-building he puts into the book most of all. I want to go visit the places he draws. I want to wander through those houses and buildings, and across the varied landscapes. He brings wonderful depth to his imaginary world.

This initial story, gathered from issues of Mouse Guard released as comics, is an old-fashioned swashbuckling tale. The main characters - Kenzie, Lieam, and Saxon - could well be the Three Musketeers. They have the same sense of honor, the same taste for adventure, and skills that make them fierce warriors.

The story feels a bit like a modern day espionage story with a bit of Indiana Jones thrown in. Our heroes have to track down a missing merchant and uncover a threat to their home, Lockhaven, as well as surrounding territories. As they follow up the clues they find, they stumble onto the mystery of the Black Axe, once a famed warrior that disappeared without warning some time ago.
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