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This graphic novel series for young readers, originally written in Italian, has been translated into multiple languages and is now appearing for the first time in the U.S. The series pits an adventurous family of mice against a group of malevolent pirate cats who travel through time, threatening to change the course of history. The first two books, released simultaneously, successfully walk the line between education and entertainment, elaborating on Christopher Columbus's journey in The Discovery of America and on ancient Egypt in the companion The Secret of the Sphinx. The characters are likable, the writing energetic and the drawings busily engaging. There's also plenty of humor in the stories, and characters with names like Minestrone and Macaroni Mousaroni are sure to draw a smile from readers. The adventures of the Stilton family vs. the pirate cats offer laughs and adventure, and do a fine job of creating a world that children will want to enter again and again. Geronimo Stilton promises good reading for youngsters and will appeal to teachers, librarians and parents for its educational component. (Aug.)
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"[put] Geronimo squarely on the shelf with comics that are good to you and just happen to be entertaining." "extremely colourful" the pages are "dense with panels to keep the action fast-paced...nearly every panel includes intricate background detail". (Nathalie Atkinson, LexisNexis News)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597071587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597071581
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geronimo Stilton was born in New Mouse City, Mouse Island. He is the editor and publisher of The Rodent's Gazette, New Mouse City's most widely read daily newspaper. He is the author of more than 40 adventure novels, and the recipient of the Ratitzer Prize for his books The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid and The Search for Sunken Treasure. In his spare time, Mr. Stilton collects antique cheese rinds and plays golf. He also enjoys telling stories to his nephew Benjamin.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Viladesau on February 17, 2013
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I bought this for my girls because we LOVE the original Geronimo Stilton series and the Thea Stilton series. But The Discovery of America contained some scattered phrases that we do not use in our home. For example, "dummies," "idiots," "shut up," and the like. Nothing more than that, really, but enough that we stopped reading after 20 pages. Not everyone may parent this way, but I am aware that many 6 year olds haven't attained the discretion required when using those words. And once exposed, they may wield them against siblings, classmates or adults. I wonder if PapercutZ uses a different editor when translating these books from Italian and holds different standards than the other series? Sadly, I will not be buying any other graphic novels from PapercutZ for this reason.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
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Disclosure: I am not a huge fan of Christopher Columbus, and I take issue with the way he was presented to me as a child as such a hero. It's pretty well documented at this point that he was not the first European to get to America. I suppose news didn't travel so well back in the middle ages, so it WAS big news when Columbus made his voyage, but I still feel he has more attention and accolades than he deserves. All this aside, I do think this is a good book for a number of reasons.

My five year old loves Geronimo Stilton books. She is drawn to the eccentric characters and silly (but not gross) humor. The illustrations are quite appealing too. We found this new graphic novel "The Discovery of America" in the library and just had to check it out. My daughter ignored the other "fun" books she'd picked out and plunked herself down with this "educational" one and read it cover to cover, animatedly discussing the funny bits and her own observations on the characters as she read. She enjoyed the book thoroughly and is already after me to find the other graphic novels about Geronimo.

Now on to details of the book itself: The premise here is that Geronimo's friend Professor Volt created a time machine in order to correct time line changes that have been put into motion as a result of a trio of time traveling pirate cats. Geronimo and his friends (Thea, Trap, Benjamin and Pandora) must use the machine to disrupt the evil plans of these cats, and preserve the proper sequence of events. The cats went to Spain in August 1492, so our band of merry mice follow along and join Columbus' crew on the Santa Maria.
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Everyone knows that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but the Pirate Cats were heading back in time to divert the Santa Maria, "the flagship of the Great Christopher Columbus, "and were going treasure hunting. Something had to be done and Geronimo Stilton and crew, Thea, Benjamin, Pandora and Trap, were getting ready to do a little time travel themselves. Professor Volt designed the Speedrat, just the right kind of craft, to get them on their way to Spain. ZKII ZIIK and they were off. When they arrived it was August second and they had to quickly head to Palos because the ship sailed the next day. Would they be able to find those scoundrels and avert disaster?

In the meantime the Pirate Cats had arrived and had squashed themselves into rodent masks. Stilton and his gang would never find them if they didn't use their best detective skills. As they made their way toward the harbor, they followed the fishy trail of the Cats. It was surprising that people actually threw their garbage in the streets way back then. UGH! When they arrived at the ship, they were able to get jobs from the Royal Inspector, who would take down all the details of the voyage. They would soon be "sailing to the Indies." There were clues here and there, but would Stilton's rodents be able to find the Pirate Cats before they altered history forever?

This Geronimo Stilton book about Columbus and his voyage to America on the Santa Maria is a great way to learn history. This is an historical graphic novel at its best and is very interesting. The panels are detailed, very colorful and animated. I liked the added details of small sidebars that give a little bit of extra history for the reader to take in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monique Atgood on April 11, 2011
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This is a review by an 11 year old with mom's help.

The book was fantastic. It has a mixture of all kinds of different stuff. It had adventure, time traveling, history, culture, it was a really big mixture.

Pretty much what happens is, Geronimo Stilton is having a regular day and he gets a call from the professor to go over to a study immediately. He called up his friends to come along with him, and when they went to the lab, they found out he invented a time machine. And they found out he had made another one, but it was stolen by the pirate cats. They are 2 cats who are supposed to be kings of their island, and their servant.

The king and the servant are both idiots. While the princess is just about the leader of the group. They want to change time so their name is famous. Apparently, they wanted to go back in time and throw off Christopher Columbus travels so they can return back there with another group, so their names will be known for the first ones to discover America.

Geronimo and his friends dress like locals and they go on the boat - the Santa Maria. The rest you may find out as you read the book.

The drawings and illustrations are just about perfect, everything can tell you where what and when it happened. They make more books of these and I have almost collected almost every last one of them and I love every one of them.

You should really read the next book "The Secret of the Sphinx".
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