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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6–Brimming with sci-fi action and futuristic gadgetry, Missile Mouse comes across as a James Bond meets Han Solo for the middle-grade crowd. The cocky, big-eared rodent is a secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency (GSA) who prefers to do things the quick and messy way. This penchant for disruption has the GSA keeping close tabs on him. When brilliant scientist Ulrich Vondorf is kidnapped by the evil Rogue Imperium of Planets (RIP), Missile Mouse is tasked with retrieving him. Adding importance to the mission is the fact that Vondorf has knowledge of the black hole-creating Star Crusher, which RIP could use to bring the universe to its knees. While the plot, featuring rescue missions and against-the-clock thrills, doesn't break new ground, it is satisfyingly efficient. Rarely is a panel wasted. The modern, richly colored illustrations will keep readers visually interested throughout. Entertaining, well-executed, and likely to circulate feverishly as soon as it hits the shelf, this first installment in a graphic novel series should have scores of devoted fans in no time.–Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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Missile Mouse, or MM to his friends, is an agent in the Galactic Security Agency and the kind of gruff loner ideal for deep-space adventuring. After he botches a mission and lets a valuable star compass fall into the hands of the dastardly Rogue Imperium of Planets, he partners up with a hotshot young agent, cramping his reckless-but-effective lone-wolf style. Their mission is to rescue a kidnapped scientist who holds in his outsize noggin the knowledge to construct a black hole–generating doomsday device that sure could come in handy for the baddies’ plans to rule the galaxy. The setting and overall look of this graphic novel owe much to Star Wars and the Halo video games. Parker’s fluid lines and animation-quality characters make for uncluttered action sequences, nicely kept PG with laser shots that knock weapons out of hands and more KOs than kills. MM’s fearless brashness makes for a winning hero, and the able mix of humor and urgency make for a solid space caper. Grades 3-6. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: GN480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Missile Mouse (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545117151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545117159
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The other day, my wife asked me, out of the blue, "What's a Missile Mouse?" Seems my two boys (aged 5 and 9) had been playing Missile Mouse in the basement, and she had no clue what they were talking about. What had happened is that this book arrived at my door, I opened it and left it on the table, and it promptly disappeared into whatever hidey hole my boys use to keep their treasures. In fact, in order to read it to write this review, I had to sneak it out, and read it while they slept.

I could talk for a while about how solid this book is, the story is involved and engaging, and long enough to be substantial. The characters aren't necessarily the deepest, but they feel real, and there are few hidden secrets that while obvious to an adult, are just secret enough to delight a grade schooler. And of course, the good guys win.

But as usual, I'm not the target market for this book, my boys are. And to give you an example, when I started writing this review, the book was next to me on my desk. Not five minutes have passed, and it's gone. I actually think the little one took it, and the bigger one took it from him. Such is the way of the world.

I guess what I'm saying is that this book is good enough that my boys are fighting over who gets to read it again. Try to find more books like that.
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The cover of Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher may lead you to think this is a cute mouse comic just for kids. It's not. While it's certainly a book aimed at young readers, it's also a sci-fi action/adventure story with deep themes and complicated plotlines. It's not your average, run-of-the-mill cutesy kids book with bad jokes and visual puns.

In fact, jokes and puns are few and far between (oh, they're there, but they're not the focus). The focus instead is on the heart of the story, which involves the titular hero's quest to live up to his father's dreams and aspirations for him ("You are a mouse who matters. Don't ever forget that.") while protecting the universe. In that regard, Missile Mouse is a secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency who, after failing to protect an important star map from falling into the wrong hands, is rebuked by his boss, saddled with a partner, and charged with stopping RIP (the Rogue Imperium of Planets, natch) from unleashing the Star Crusher, which will destroy the universe. RIP has kidnapped the one scientist who knows of this 1,000-year-old device and how to implement it.

Creator Jake Parker is an animator, so his book-length story has the visual appeal of a long animated special, as well as the look of one. It's quite nice. It gives the story a flow and an orientation that are easy to follow and engaging to read.

The story is dark at times (one scene in particular, in which a group of bad guys are capitally and gruesomely punished by the lead villain, is perhaps a little too much for the very youngest readers), but it's well-suited for the suggested age range of 8-12 years old, as well as for older kids and even adults interested in the book. Nothing in the story is childish, and it in fact has a broad appeal, and the action is fast and furious enough to hold most readers' rapt while enjoying it.

-- John Hogan
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My son had this to say: "It is fun. There's a mouse working for a group of aliens, and they're fighting against some sharks working with another group of aliens that's bad. I really liked it. I think readers that like science fiction would like it."
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My 4 year old just loves to "read" thru these books. The pictures are vibrant and active and it's pretty long so it takes him a while to get thru it. I haven't read it myself so can't comment on the the content. But once he is reading more I will read thru it and update.
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Bought for our 7 year old. The themes are a bit dark and maybe too violent, but the drawings are excellent and the story is very appealing to a 40 something child of the star wars generation. Love it.
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My kids love this book and for a 5 year old who is just getting into reading, it's a real blessing to find something he's interested in reading. It holds his attention for 30 minutes at a time at least. And from a parent's point of view, it's refreshing that it's a graphic novel that is appropriate for his age group and not racy or vulgar.
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We first found Missile Mouse at our local library. We checked out the book, and my 7-year-old son didn't put it down for 2 weeks. I had to recheck it. He went to bed with it every night and leafed thru the pages before he fell asleep. It is a great series to get your young reader started on graphic novels.
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My 6 year old boy twins love Missile Mouse! Like many little boys, their interest in reading increases with the number of words like "SMACK!" "WUMP!" "ZAP!" "CRACK!" and "KABOOM!" Comic book violence of the Tom and Jerry level with plenty of high tech space adventure thrown in, there's nothing here a 6 year old shouldn't read.
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