GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE #1: THE STONE OF FIRE is pure fun. Venture back to the Stone Age with Geronimo Stiltonoot. Who is Stiltonoot? Why he is the ancestor of Geronimo Stilton. The ancestor lives in Old Mouse City where he runs a newspaper called The Stone Gazette. If you think modern life is difficult, just wait until you read what the mice in the Stone Age have to go through. Life is never easy back then; the mice live in mortal fear of earthquakes, saber-toothed tigers and dinosaurs. They also have to be careful when the mail arrives because Mail-A-Dactyl drops stone tablets from the sky. But Stiltonoot wants to share his tales from the Stone Age so he has written this story down for us to enjoy.
"Everything about this book is entertaining...Between the mystery, adventure and captivating illustrations, children will clamor for more."
Way back in the prehistoric times, family is very important to rodents in the Stone Age. Family has to be there for one another, and the mice survive by looking after one another. Because Stiltonoot has such strong family ties, he wants to show a picture of his family members. There is grandma who is as tough as nails. Then there is Trap, the cousin, who likes to play tricks on Stiltonoot. The nephew, Benjamin, is smart as a whip. Lastly there is his sister, Thea, who works as a reporter at The Stone Gazette. She is a vivacious mouse who is always on the chase for a good lead on a news story. She rides around on an autosaurus named Grunty (and, yes, it is pretty grumpy.) Thea’s transportation is out to get Stiltonoot. The autosaurus has a grudge with Stiltonoot and likes to bite him when his sister isn’t looking. The plot thickens when his pal, Hercule Poirat, arrives, telling him that he needs his help solving a problem at the Old Mouse City Mouseum.
The mouseum director, Fern Fossilfur, shows them the scene of the crime. She reveals that a precious artifact is stolen. Stiltonoot and Hercule Poirat are on the case to find The Stone of Fire. They discover stalactite dust with paw prints heading toward the window. They notice a hole in the ceiling with sticky goo that can only come from the stinky swamp. All clues point to thievery by cats. But as everyone knows mice are terrified of cats! They will have to face their fears and come face to face with the enemy, Tiger Khan and his band of saber-toothed tigers. But how can little mice overcome an enormous, fierce opponent? You’ll have to stay tuned and keep reading to see how the clever mice prevail. Stiltonoot takes you on an unforgettable adventure. He has to put his fears aside to help out fellow mice.
Everything about this book is entertaining. The author even plays around with words using famouse instead of famous. Plus the author creates a cave painting mouse that goes by the name of Pablo Picasstone. There are funny creatures like the autosaurus and the balloonosaurus, a dinosaur that is fed a superbean concentrate so that its belly fills with air, making it float. Also the mice travel by subwaysaurus, which is a worm that snakes its way underneath the city. The colorful illustrations pop out of the pages, and there are maps that give the lay of the land, silly cave mouse jokes and even a recipe by Greasella Stonyfur. Even the words capture your attention as the font uses different colors and shapes. It’s all the little touches and attention to detail that give this book a lot of oomph.
Geronimo Stilton is a prolific author who has written over fifty books. His well-loved mouse stories are wildly popular. GERONIMO STILTON CAVEMICE #1: THE STONE FIRE will be a sure winner among second through fourth graders. Between the mystery, adventure and captivating illustrations, children will clamor for more.