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 Mouse Watch (Mouse Watch)
 Author: Gilbert, J. J.

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 241 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 378500 ISBN: 9781368052184
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Mice -- Fiction
 Rats -- Fiction
 Heroes and heroines -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $20.76

Summary:
You've heard of the Rescue Rangers. Now meet the Mouse Watch. Bernadette is a small--but brave--mouse with a score to settle. Jarvis is a sensitive rat with a big appetite and unmatched puzzle-solving skills. But before their first day of training is through, Bernie and Jarvis find themselves at the center of an evil plot orchestrated by the Rogue Animal Thieves Society (R.A.T.S.). Soon they are catapulted from new recruits into full-on action heroes.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/20)
   School Library Journal (05/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Evil machinations are at play in the world of mice and rats. Bernie is a 12-year-old mouse determined to become part of the famous Mouse Watch with its technology, determination, and teamwork to fight crime. Readers meet Bernie and her mouse family in a world reminiscent of Mary Norton's The Borrowers. Mice have to evade human detection as they shop for groceries, work, and enjoy their communities, but Bernie is focused on becoming a trainee recruit. Not only are these rodents trying to save the world, but they have a leader, Gadget Hackwrench, who invents fantastically advanced gadgets and technogear. Bernie gets in and out of trouble as it becomes clear that a villainous mastermind is influencing humans to do his bidding through a doctored cheese scent that renders them mindless. The gasp-worthy escapades are over the top, but Gilbert makes it work with trademark covert terminology worthy of a James Bond flick. Plus, he adds in plenty of cheese; swiss, cheddar, camembert, bleu, and brie. Embedded is a message about not stereotyping others and learning to recognize real friendship. The cute little world of mice is an odd mix with advanced spying, giving this a somewhat cinematic vibe. VERDICT A dashing fluff adventure with appealing miniature heroes and villains. Cheesy in a few ways.—Carol A. Edwards, Formerly at Denver Public Library - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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