From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-- The three mice from The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper (1975) and The Great Rescue Operation (1990, both Dial) return in this humorous fantasy/adventure. This time, they are living comfortably in the toy department of Macy's when they are abruptly transported away, in a box of cookies, to a summer camp in Vermont. There, they have a series of wacky misadventures and narrow escapes. In the end, they grow to love camp, but are happy to return to New York City. These rodent characters are engaging. Marvin is full of hilarious self-importance; Fats is especially charming in his endless quest for a bite to eat. Readers will relate to the theme of leaving familiar surroundings and rising to the challenges of new situations while maintaining an attachment to home. The animals' group loyalty and teamwork is laudable, but there is little insight provided on their perspectives on humans. What will grab readers is the action-packed plot, with its series of near disasters. De Groat's pen-and-ink drawings are notable for the charmingly human expressions on the animal's faces. A book that will appeal to fans of lighthearted animal stories and of Van Leeuwen's other fantasies.- Jacqueline Rose, Wake County Pub . Libraries, NC
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From Kirkus Reviews
Further adventures of Merciless Marvin the Magnificent and his gang, three mice who live in Macy's toy department but here suddenly find themselves wrapped up with a care package of goodies and shipped to a camp in Vermont. These city mice manage to cope with the rigors of life in the wild--they outrun a hungry owl, outwit the camp dog, even learn to canoe and water-ski; at summer's end, they cleverly engineer a return to New York. Lighthearted b&w drawings capture the action's high spots. Fans of the trio's earlier adventures (The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper, 1975, etc.) will find this amusing romp perfectly consistent in tone and style with its award- winning predecessors. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.