This holiday we have been immersed in the book Word of Mouse by James Patterson.
Word of Mouse is a story told by Isaiah, a mouse. For a mouse, he’s unique. First, he has fur as blue as the sky. Until recently, he had only read about his hair. Aside from the unusual color of his fur, Isaiah can also read, and write. He can talk to humans, provided they are willing to listen!
Isaiah also lives in a lab, but recently he made a dramatic escape from the mysterious lab. The flight separated Isaiah from his 96 siblings. He is now on his own and must use his unique skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors and hopefully, reunite with his missing family.
The outdoors are full of hungry owls, cruel cats, and terrified people. Can Isaiah, the young, lone mouse make it alone?
He meets a human, as equally unusual and lonely as he. A girl named Hailey.
Hailey and Isaiah soon learn that real friendship can transcend all barriers.
The story was adorable.
I found the kiddos paying attention and asking how Isaiah can know what bread is, but not know what a trash can is?
Then a few chapters in, the kiddos fell in love with this book.
They really enjoyed all the quotes in the books. Some are plays on familiar quotes, and some are just wise quotes from a mouse named Isaiah.
There was anticipation for the illustrations. We love that they are black and white. They ignite our imagination, give us a scene to add to our vision. They add to the story and keep us wanting more.
Written by James Patterson, Isaiah, and the other characters come to life. There is depth to each character.
As an adult, I found a lot of redundancy, but my kiddos saw it as Isaiah growing.
We all enjoy reading the heroic deeds Isaiah does.
The quotes! I love quotes, and there are plenty of them in this book. We picked out a few of our favorites.
They all play on the message of not having to be big to help others. That being unique isn’t a bad thing. That kindness goes the distance.
About James Patterson:
James Patterson received the Libertarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, he has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’”