My 11 year old was a huge Geronimo Stilton fan a few years ago, when there were only Geronimo Stilton intermediate chapter books. Now, the Stiltons are all over the place – his sister Thea’s in on the action now, there are Creepy Cavemice, Spacemice, and some chick named Creepella von Cacklefur, too. There are also Geronimo (and Thea) Stilton graphic novels, which I finally sat down and looked at – and they are good stuff!
Geronimo Stilton is a mouse journalist for The Rodent Gazette, and has all sorts of adventures. In Geronimo Stilton: First Mouse on the Moon, guess where he’s off to? That’s right, the circus! No, really – bear with me. At the circus, he finds himself transported to the lab, where learns that those pesky pirate cats have traveled back in time, and intend to do something to disrupt the historic moon landing in July, 1969! Geronimo has to go back in time to salvage the moon landing – and become the first mouse in space!
This book is too much fun. The graphic novel reads in a vein similar to the chapter books, and may present less of a challenge for kids who are still cowed by chapter books. The artwork is so close to those of the books that I had to check one to see if it was the same artist (doesn’t appear to be). And teachers, parents, and librarians will love the fact that the graphic novel includes fun factoids, presented as callouts, throughout the book and displayed in little spaceships.
The Geronimo Stilton website is chock-full of activities for kids – cartoons, games, writing activities (write an article for The Rodent Gazette!), and an app you can download.
If you haven’t picked up any of the Geronimo Stilton graphic novels for your kids yet, give this one a whirl. You’ll get a kick out of it, too! 5 out of 5 stars!
GERONIMO STILTON: FIRST MOUSE ON THE MOON
Writer: Geronimo Stilton
On-Sale: June 24, 2014