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The Sands of Time: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure (Hermux Tantamoq Adventures) Hardcover – September 16, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Michael Hoeye's Hermux Tantamoq Adventure series is now being published by Putnam. The first title, Time Stops for No Mouse, introduced the watchmaking mouse, Hermux Tantamoq, his pet ladybug, Terfle, and his crush, aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger. In the second episode, The Sands of Time, Mayor Hooster Pinkwiggin vows to close Mirrin Stentrill's art exhibit when he learns it features felines-a taboo subject in the rodent town of Pinchester. PW said the author's "galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages rapidly turning."
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-Mouse watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq returns in this sequel to Time Stops for No Mouse (Putnam, 2002). He teams up with a chipmunk to investigate an ancient Cat Kingdom, and the friends uncover evidence suggesting that felines once kept mice as slaves. Their work pits them against a highly regarded scholar with evil designs, a greedy but beautiful cosmetics tycoon, and a "mouse supremacist group." With hidden tombs, dynamite traps, and last-second escapes, the plot moves quickly. The melodramatic moments are nicely tempered by a lighthearted tone and subtle wit, and the "racism" of mice and the notion that the past should be studied even if it's unpleasant are thought provoking. The mouse-ruled world is easy and fun to slip into, with charming details about food, pets, and fashion, and other assorted topics revealed with dry humor. The tentative romance between Hermux and Linka, the daring mouse aviatrix, progresses significantly by the time this tale concludes. The watchmaker is an endearing hero. His modest, unassuming manner doesn't quite hide his courage and cleverness, recalling Bernard of Margery Sharp's The Rescuers (Little, Brown, 1959; o.p.) and E. B. White's protagonist from Stuart Little (HarperCollins, 1945). Supporting characters are distinct and amusing, particularly Tucka Mertslin, the cosmetics queen. The 80 short chapters move briskly and have a satisfying conclusion that clearly paves the way for future adventures.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hermux Tantamoq Adventures
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399238794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399238796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Familiar faced abound in this book, from the previous one.
E. A Solinas
The writing is always engaging, often brilliant, as over-the-top but completely believable adventures and romance unfold.
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First, they make great bedtime stories for those who read to their children.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was hopeful but steeled for sequelitis when I first opened the second Hermux Tantamoq book. I was pleased that my fears were needless. Michael Hoeye has not lost his touch that was so evident in "Time Stops For No Mouse". (And I recently found out that these books are being republished in hardcover by Putnam -- congratulations, Mr. Hoeye!)
The story is a sequel (but not slavishly so) to the first book of the series: Cats are a taboo item among the mice where Hermux Tantamoq lives, supposedly mythical creatures. So when his friend Mirrin displays cat paintings, people are -- to put it mildly -- upset about it; the mayor is even going to clamp down and ban it, and a large group of mice get together to prevent it from opening.
Then a chipmunk named Birch Tentintrotter arrives. Years ago, Birch was chased away for ownership of a map leading to a city of cats -- and now he's back. Birch leads the heroic mice (including Linka Perflinger and Hermux) to find the tomb of Ka-Narsh-Pah -- but problems are following them, in the form of two very determined villains.
Familiar faced abound in this book, from the previous one. Mirren, Linka, and Tucka are the most prevalent among them - it's great to see the artist, aviatrix love interest and cosmetics creep once again. Even so, it's not too necessary to read the first book to read the second (I advise it anyway, if nothing else because it's also delightful).
And the originality of Hoeye's plotlines continues. The idea of mice seeing cats as mythical creatures is inspired, as is his subtle dealing with controversial art (and the elite wanting to see it); also great is the idea of a revisionist-history villain. Any person who hates the editing of history will be grinning at the portrayal of Hinkum Stepfitchler.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was soooo great! Along with other people, I wasn't too sure if the sequel to Time Stops For No Mouse would be as good as the first one.
But it was. It had great suspense, and you really felt what the characters were feeling. It is a very refreshing change from the usual fantasy/spin on fairy tales that is popular. (Even though I like that stuff.) I don't really know what there is to not like about it; maybe just the fact that there are only two books about Hermux Tantamoq. I really like the fact that Michael Hoeye(anybody know how to pronounce his name?) added the "mythical CATS" to the story line.
If you haven't read this book, you really SHOULD!!!!!!!!
By the way, Time Stops For No Mouse is REALLY GREAT, too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rupert on March 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I, too, was worried that the sequel wouldn't be as good as the amazing Time Stops for No Mouse, but it hit with the same, if not better, bang as before. There seems to be no lack of Michael Hoeye's gripping writing style in either of the two books.
In this particular book, Hermux (the main mouse character) encounters a squirrel, Birch Tenintrotter, who claims to have evidence of a lost civilization of CATS. To be precise, it was a want-ad from a lost civilization of cats. The citizens of Pinchester (Hermux's city) are small animals, mostly rodents, so they don't appreciate cats very much.
Intrigued, Hermux and Birch, along with another mouse, named Linka, set out to find the desert civilization of cats, but they find more than whirling sands to stop them in The Sands of Time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BookBuzz on December 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Michael Hoeye has created a charming, 1920s-ish world where rodents rule. At the center of these delicious tales is the meek Hermux Tantamoq. Hermux, who's half house mouse and half field mouse, is an expert watchmaker and mechanical wiz who happens to have a pet ladybug named Terfle. Each night before bed, Hermux takes the time to enter into his journal all the things for which he was thankful that day. Hoeye compliments his lead character with a clever supporting cast of characters and constructs stories that pay homage to old movies and invoke the feeing of perhaps an Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle tale. While there is something charmingly old-fashioned about the flavor of the books, Hoeye infuses his tales with wit, satire, and social commentaries that are spot-on for today's reader.
While the publisher states that Michael Hoeye's playful adventure/ mysteries are young adult fiction, these books are excellent for both younger audiences and adults. They are good for younger audiences for two reasons. First, they make great bedtime stories for those who read to their children. Second, Hoeye's easy, uncomplicated style, gentle story lines, and short chapters make these books ideal for a child to transition from chapter books to novels. At the same, time the underlying wit and social commentary, mentioned above, gives the books an added layer to be enjoyed by the adult reader or the older child who returns to the books.
These are books that should become generational family favorites, so the investment in hard cover editions is worth the expense.
- KB Shaw, Publisher
SPECTRUM Children's Book Club
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ariadne(ar-ee-odd-nee) on July 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This stunning sequal to Time Stops for No Mouse, both by Michael Hoeye, is by far one of the greatest sequals I have ever read. It possesses a cunning plot, with a great story to accompany it. It has all the wonderful components for a wonderful read, let alone a literary accomplishment. Hoeye is an awesome writer, who creates beautiful ictures for the mind. Surely atisfactory for any reader.
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