|Somewhat true adventures of Sammy Shine|
Author: Cole, Henry
When his toy airplane crashes, a pet mouse becomes lost in the woods.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 185017
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 68765
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2016 Sammy’s happy in his cage, living a quiet life as a pet mouse, but if he stayed like that it wouldn’t make for much of a book. Instead, readers see him kidnapped by his owner’s brother and stuffed into a remote-control plane that crashes, landing him out in the wild for the first time in his sheltered life. Sammy at first just wants to get home, but he quickly realizes that life offers much more adventure than just being fed on a regular schedule, and even if he makes it back, he won’t be the same languid little guy. Of course, no mousey can go it alone, so Sammy acquires a motley crew of animal allies who want to help him defeat some evil weasels and rats and make his way back to his home. It’s clear that Sammy’s never in any real danger, given the cheerfully warm illustrations, but there’s still plenty of tension to keep young readers in suspense. The cozy drawings, delicate and inviting, add much to the text, offering contextual clues that flesh out the story. Kids drawn to whimsy and light adventure will find this fills the bill. AS - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.