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Missile Mouse #1: The Star Crusher Paperback – January 1, 2010
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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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son and I both enjoyed this book. Funny and action packed. Can't wait for the next one.Published 21 months ago by JJ Boomer
We absolutely love these. Who are we? a family of six, the oldest kid being 21 years old and we all still love Jake's work. Missle mouse is great stuff.Published on May 29, 2014 by stephenoids
I got this book on a whim and had no idea or background on it. It turned out that my son loved it and read it several times.Published on May 7, 2014 by cluvy
I've been meaning to look on Amazon for more books by Jake Parker. This is a book you want to own if you have boys 4-9 years old. Not borrow from the library, own! Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by K. West phal
Graphic novels are a great way to get kids to read. These stories are nice and my granddaughter enjoyed them immensely.Published on January 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Missile Moust is in a cold war with the Star Crusher (= Atom bomb) The bad guys are going to kill alot of folk if they are not stoped.Published on June 27, 2013 by Russell