Warning: Super Duper 🧀 Cheesy 🧀 Review Alert!
I promise you’re going to want to hit me over the head with something by the end of this review, most likely a massive block of 🧀 cheese 🧀. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!
So, I’ve arrived in the 🧀 Stilton 🧀 universe fashionably late. First published in 2001 and now being rereleased, The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid is the second book in the Geronimo Stilton series.
This illustrated children’s book is a 🧀 Blenda 🧀 adventure and humour. Including maps of New Mouse City, Mouse Island and The Rodent’s Gazette, the illustrations and formatting are really 🧀 Gouda 🧀.
When Geronimo arrives at work one morning he discovers that the founder of The Rodent Gazette, his grandfather William Shortpaws (AKA Cheap Mouse Willy), has gone on a penny pinching bender and fired the employees and sold most of the furniture.
The family business is now going to be exclusively run by the family – Geronimo, cousin Trap, sister Thea, favourite nephew Benjamin, and Cheap Mouse Willy. Geronimo, previously the “big cheese”, is understandably 🧀 Moody Blue 🧀 upon hearing this news. His mood doesn’t improve when he finds out he’s the one who 🧀 Goats 🧀 to do all the work now.
However, the 🧀 Explorateur 🧀 in him is excited when his grandfather tells him his assignment is to travel to Egypt and write a report on the pyramids. By the time Geronimo gets off the shaky flight he’s feeling a bit 🧀 Off Kilter 🧀 but is happy to meet Professor Alrat Spitfur who has an invention to tell Geronimo about. The Professor takes Geronimo on a camel ride to 🧀 La Pyramide 🧀 where Geronimo experiences more than he expected.
With some interesting information about Ancient Egypt your mouselets are going to accidentally learn bits and pieces about the pyramids, mummification, Egyptian gods, hieroglyphics and the curse of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
I enjoyed reading this book but given the age group this series is aimed at, I found the lack of resolution at the end to be off putting. Of course there were other books planned so I’m fine with there being a lead up to the next adventure but for the essential ‘mystery’ of this book being something for “another story” irritated me.
I also have a pet peeve with books that wind up saying something along the lines of, ‘Someone involved in this story told me it would make a great story so I wrote a book about it, and guess what?! This book that you’ve almost finished reading is the book that I wrote about that story!’
If you were to start from scratch and get up to date with the 🧀 Abondance 🧀 of Geronimo Stilton books … taking a deep breath … and the Geronimo Stilton Special Editions, Kingdom of Fantasy, Journey Through Time, Thea Stilton, Thea Stilton Special Editions, Creepella von Cacklefur … another breath … Cavemice, Spacemice, Micekings, Thea Stilton: Mouseford Academy, Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels and Thea Stilton Graphic Novels, I have calculated that you could probably do it in … brain rattling … about two gazillion shakes of a mouse’s tail. 🧀 Holey Cow! 🧀 And I thought The Baby-Sitters Club series had a lot of spinoffs!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Sweet Cherry Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.
While I apologise for my 🧀 cheesy 🧀 review (sort of), I did have a lot of fun reading all of the 🧀 PsycheDillic 🧀 names for cheese that exist. If you feel like an 🧀 Impromptu 🧀 lesson in cheese 🧀 Slices of Bliss 🧀 like I did, I recommend you check out cheese.com. They’ve got details of over 1831 varieties of cheese! If you visit, you’ll be in a 🧀 Reverie 🧀. Okay, I’m stopping now. Promise! 😃
Once Upon a Blurb
I’m off to Egypt! I climbed onboard a crabby old camel that would take me across the desert to the Great Cheese Pyramid. There, among mummies and hieroglyphics, I would learn the secret of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Mouse World …