Geronimo Stilton #10: Hang On To Your Whiskers! – Geronimo Stilton

πŸ’” Achy Breaky Heart Month! πŸ’” Super πŸ§€ Cheesy πŸ§€ Edition!

Geronimo Stilton: Hang on to Your Whiskers was just as πŸ§€ Gouda πŸ§€ as The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid, probably better. In this book Geronimo falls in love at first sight at the Tail Trap Diner over a cup of spilled coffee. β˜•οΈ Geronimo later discovers this 🐭 fabumouse 🐭 new love interest is none other than countess Stephanie von Sugarfur. He thinks she’s the best thing since πŸ§€ sliced cheese πŸ§€!

After spending big on an πŸ§€ Aboundance πŸ§€ of πŸ§€ cheesy πŸ§€ gifts for the countess and realising his love is unrequited he becomes πŸ§€ Moody Blue πŸ§€. Geronimo’s sister Thea, cousin Trap and favourite nephew Benjamin decide they’ve πŸ§€ Goats πŸ§€ to lift him out of his πŸ§€ Off Kilter πŸ§€ state and after reading an article about the mysterious Eighth Wonder, the Valley of the πŸ§€ Cheesettes πŸ§€, they are certain they’ve found a way to repair Geronimo’s πŸ’” Achy Breaky Heart πŸ’”.

The family wind up on a semi πŸ§€ Impromptu πŸ§€ trip to search for this Eighth Wonder. Perhaps if they succeed they will become 🐭 famouse 🐭. Naturally it’s up to the 9 year old to save the day because all of the adults are behaving like 🐭 mouselets 🐭.

Some of the best exclamations in this book include:
πŸ§€ Cheese niblets!
πŸ€ Rancid Rat Hairs!
πŸ§€ Holey cheese!

This book was first published in 2000 so the presence of a camera that has film that needs to be developed makes sense in that context. Ah, nostalgia. I loved my days working in a Photolab! The stories I could tell you – but won’t because this is a review of a children’s book. πŸ“· 😜

This series is aimed at 🐭 mouselets 🐭 from 5 to 8 years who love to read and those who don’t. With splashes of funky formatted font, funny illustrations that complement the story well and maps of New 🐭 Mouse 🐭 City, 🐭 Mouse 🐭 Island and The πŸ€ Rodent’s πŸ€ Gazette, there’s plenty to keep the reader 🐭 amoused 🐭. I loved the illustrations and I’d just like to point out that on the cover those are glow in the dark butterflies!! πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ƒ I’d like to place an order for several hundred of those please.

Overall I enjoyed this book more than The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid, probably because this one had a resolution and didn’t do the always irritating β€˜Someone told me it would make a great story so I wrote a book about it, and guess what?! This is that story!’ thing.

Thank you very much to NetGalley and Sweet Cherry πŸ’ Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.

P.S. Apologies for recycling the πŸ§€ cheesy πŸ§€ names from my previous review but they worked for this one too. You may now press charges against me for excessive use of emojis and crimes against humour. 😊

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Love is in the air! Geronimo has met the mouse of his dreams but he just can’t play it cool. He needs to do something amazing, something incredible to catch her attention! What better way than by searching for the Eighth Wonder of the World: the mysterious Valley of the Cheeselets?Β 

Will he return home a legend? And will it all be worth it in the end?

Geronimo Stilton #2: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid – Geronimo Stilton

Warning: Super Duper πŸ§€ Cheesy πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ cheese πŸ§€. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

So, I’ve arrived in the πŸ§€ Stilton πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ Blenda πŸ§€ adventure and humour. Including maps of New Mouse City, Mouse Island and The Rodent’s Gazette, the illustrations and formatting are really πŸ§€ Gouda πŸ§€.

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 πŸ§€ Moody Blue πŸ§€ upon hearing this news. His mood doesn’t improve when he finds out he’s the one who πŸ§€ Goats πŸ§€ to do all the work now.

However, the πŸ§€ Explorateur πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ Off Kilter πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ La Pyramide πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ Abondance πŸ§€ 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. πŸ§€ Holey Cow! πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ cheesy πŸ§€ review (sort of), I did have a lot of fun reading all of the πŸ§€ PsycheDillic πŸ§€ names for cheese that exist. If you feel like an πŸ§€ Impromptu πŸ§€ lesson in cheese πŸ§€ Slices of Bliss πŸ§€ 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 πŸ§€ Reverie πŸ§€. Okay, I’m stopping now. Promise! πŸ˜ƒ

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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 …