Word of Mouse

Word of Mouse

James Patterson's newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships that he makes along the way. What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky--which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right--Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk...

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Title:Word of Mouse
Author:James Patterson
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ISBN:0316349569
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

Word of Mouse Reviews

  • Josh Newhouse
    Jul 28, 2016

    Chris and James have done it again! This book I will admit started a little slow oddly enough despite a decent amount of action but once Isaiah reached his new mischief it hit the pedal to the metal! It's like Ms. Frisby crossed with Truckers with a little Ratatouille to boot! And it sets up a sequel beautifully! I could have done without the human friend, who while likable, didn't really add to much to the plot aside from a parallel story... Loved the ending and the main character especially! T

    Chris and James have done it again! This book I will admit started a little slow oddly enough despite a decent amount of action but once Isaiah reached his new mischief it hit the pedal to the metal! It's like Ms. Frisby crossed with Truckers with a little Ratatouille to boot! And it sets up a sequel beautifully! I could have done without the human friend, who while likable, didn't really add to much to the plot aside from a parallel story... Loved the ending and the main character especially! This was based on an ARC from ALA and the publisher!

  • Snazzy Reads
    Aug 27, 2016

    This book is amazing and one of the best books I've ever read. It's very funny. The part when the main character first started typing made me laugh out loud. I want to reread this already!

  • Stefanie
    Oct 19, 2016

    Such a cute book with a heartwarming moral. Would be a great introduction for slightly older children to teach them about being kind not only to each other, but to all creatures, no matter how small. I really like the way that JP uses five-dollar-words to expand a young reader's vocabulary, but then he goes back to explain what the words mean in a way that is simple to understand. Cannot wait for my daughter to get a little bit older so that she can enjoy this one as much as I did.

  • LeeAnn
    Feb 22, 2017

    5 stars. When you are one very small and very blue mouse, there are dangers like menacing cats, swooping birds, and unfriendly humans everywhere. But there are also new friends, lots to learn and explore, and even a chance to use your special powers to free your mischief (family) from the laboratory where they are being experimented on. Give this fast-paced adventure to readers who liked Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Stuart Little, or Ratscalibur. Or to anyone who likes cheering for main cha

    5 stars. When you are one very small and very blue mouse, there are dangers like menacing cats, swooping birds, and unfriendly humans everywhere. But there are also new friends, lots to learn and explore, and even a chance to use your special powers to free your mischief (family) from the laboratory where they are being experimented on. Give this fast-paced adventure to readers who liked Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Stuart Little, or Ratscalibur. Or to anyone who likes cheering for main characters who have to dig down deep and find the courage to do what must be done.

    Full disclosure: I've only read a couple of Patterson's many adult novels but that has more to do with me having too many other books I wanted to read than any thing else. And let's face it, he and his bevy of co-writers have more books out there than McDonald's has french fries. However, if the other books from his new Jimmy Patterson imprint are as good as this one, I say "Write on, Mr. Patterson, write on!"

    Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 14, 2016

    Library copy

    Isaiah, an electric blue mouse, escapes from an evil research laboratory but leaves his family behind. He manages to land in a very disorganized house with food all over the place, and a large contingent of resident mice who are glad to take him in. He also makes the acquaintance of a beautiful mouse, Mikayla. Mikayla can sing beautifully, but girl mice are "not allowed" to sing. Isaiah makes his way to a neighboring house as well, and meets Hailey, who learns that Isaiah is highly i

    Library copy

    Isaiah, an electric blue mouse, escapes from an evil research laboratory but leaves his family behind. He manages to land in a very disorganized house with food all over the place, and a large contingent of resident mice who are glad to take him in. He also makes the acquaintance of a beautiful mouse, Mikayla. Mikayla can sing beautifully, but girl mice are "not allowed" to sing. Isaiah makes his way to a neighboring house as well, and meets Hailey, who learns that Isaiah is highly intelligent and can even communicate with her by typing on her computer. She helps Isaiah go back to the lab and rescue his family, and Mikayla saves the day by singing the mouse battle cry.

    Strengths: The illustrations by Joe Sutphin were definitely a highlight here. There's an evil cat, evil humans, and enough mice gathered in the walls of the house to alarm the most rodent friendly. This is a jacketed hard cover, which is a departure for the "Jimmy" books. A must purchase for elementary libraries.

    Weaknesses: Nothing really fresh here, but then, what ten year old has read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)? Maybe this could be a gateway to some classic mice fiction.

    What I really think: I was bothered by the fact that "girl mice aren't supposed to sing". That just seemed very... 1971. I was also bothered by the portrayal of rats as dirty and mean. Both things seemed odd and dated to me.

  • Martha
    Feb 18, 2017

    I loved everything about brave little blue Isaiah, the mouse escapee from the Lamina Laboratory. He has extraordinary intellect and compassion for others, even his arch enemy the red-tailed hawk's babies. This exciting mouse adventure will appeal to fans of Charlotte's Web and The Tale of Despereaux, (wondrous classic animal stories). The delightful illustrations of Isaiah and his two "mischief" families beautifully depicted in pen and ink are reminiscent of Garth Williams drawings, adding extra

    I loved everything about brave little blue Isaiah, the mouse escapee from the Lamina Laboratory. He has extraordinary intellect and compassion for others, even his arch enemy the red-tailed hawk's babies. This exciting mouse adventure will appeal to fans of Charlotte's Web and The Tale of Despereaux, (wondrous classic animal stories). The delightful illustrations of Isaiah and his two "mischief" families beautifully depicted in pen and ink are reminiscent of Garth Williams drawings, adding extra warmth to this tale. Word of Mouse would make a great read aloud to younger grades as well as a perfect match for fans of exciting animal adventures in grades 4-6.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    Dec 12, 2016

    James Patterson's name may be blazing on the cover and spine but it is because of the co-author, Chris Grabenstein, that I picked up this book. It's a truly delightful animal fantasy with themes of being different, lab use of animals, and the sense of family. I have an affinity for books suitable for the 7-11 age range and this is the perfect sort of book for kids that age ready to move onto a "real" chapter book. Each chapter is 3 to 5 pages long, with the majority of them 4 pages. Each chapter

    James Patterson's name may be blazing on the cover and spine but it is because of the co-author, Chris Grabenstein, that I picked up this book. It's a truly delightful animal fantasy with themes of being different, lab use of animals, and the sense of family. I have an affinity for books suitable for the 7-11 age range and this is the perfect sort of book for kids that age ready to move onto a "real" chapter book. Each chapter is 3 to 5 pages long, with the majority of them 4 pages. Each chapter has a header illustration and either a full or half-page illustration. Something actually happens in each chapter and they call out to read "just one more" chapter. Comparable to Avi's Dimwood Forest series but on a younger level. A satisfying read!

  • Kaye
    Dec 28, 2016

    I found this book really boring and predictable. Honestly I skimmed through most of the book and got the same idea of what it was about. I'm sure some young child would enjoy this, especially if they liked Stuart Little or Mouse on a Motorcycle, but I just couldn't get into it. Too cliche and force-fed.

  • Brenda
    Feb 06, 2017

    Opening line: "My story starts on the day I lost my entire family."

    While escaping the "horrible place" (research laboratory), Isaiah somehow manages to get separated from his ninety-six siblings. They all get recaptured by the "long coats," but Isaiah is able to make it to the "outside." A strange and dangerous place for a small mouse, especially when there are rats and an evil cat lurking around. If Isaiah is to survive, he will need to find some food and shelter. After some quick maneuvering t

    Opening line: "My story starts on the day I lost my entire family."

    While escaping the "horrible place" (research laboratory), Isaiah somehow manages to get separated from his ninety-six siblings. They all get recaptured by the "long coats," but Isaiah is able to make it to the "outside." A strange and dangerous place for a small mouse, especially when there are rats and an evil cat lurking around. If Isaiah is to survive, he will need to find some food and shelter. After some quick maneuvering to get past Lucifer, the neighborhood cat, Isaiah manages to find Mikayla (a mouse with a beautiful singing voice). Mikayla takes him to her family and soon Isaiah is learning how to scavenge for food and making plans to rescue his own family from the "horrible place." At first, Isaiah is very scared being in the "outside," he's even terrified just by the word "cat" being spoken aloud. His transition to leading a charge against the laboratory happens as he gains confidence in himself. He uses his voice to stand up to Lucifer and begins to see that words hold weight. Isaiah also gets help from Mikayla and her family, as well as Hailey, a girl that he meets in the house next door. The two are able to communicate because Isaiah can read and write, so he uses a keyboard to type messages to her. I think you can probably figure out that the story ends on a happy note.

    Although not expressly mentioned, the mice from the laboratory seemed to have undergone some kind of experiments. Isaiah's fur is blue, while his siblings are different colors. The whole story kinda reminded me of a gentler version of The Secret of NIMH. Isaiah is also pretty intelligent, which comes from him reading books, and he has quite the vocabulary. He uses words like "dulcet," "ominous," and "crepuscular." Each chapter begins with a quote followed by five to six pages per chapter. Patterson also includes little tidbits of information about mice, like who knew a mischief is the name for a group of mice? Plus the illustrations by Joe Sutphin are gorgeous. I think Word of Mouse would make a great book to read aloud to a seven to ten-year-old, so some of these more difficult words could be explained. There was one thing that did come off as a bit odd, like why make the statement that girl mice aren't allowed to sing and then never really counter those words? Mikayla does lead a sort of charge by singing, but her siblings also seemed to put her down too much for my taste. They even call her "artsy-fartsy" at one point. I would've been perfectly fine if Word of Mouse was a stand alone, but it also might be interesting to see what Isaiah does now that he finds out there is a Lab still out there committing worse acts and this time it's the cats that are in danger.

  • Sophie
    Jan 30, 2017

    I loved this book!! I definitely recommend this book for you. The story is about this mouse that is the youngest of his siblings. One day they escape from their home Isaiah is the only one left in the wilderness Blue-97. Will Isaiah get caught or be able to rescue his siblings?????...