From the Publisher
(February 23, 2004; 0-439-55963-4)
Holey Cheese! Imported from Italy, this snazzy series debut about a globetrotting mouse journalist spreads the cheesy puns nice and thick. On an average day, Geronimo Stilton edits The Rodent's Gazette, the newspaper of New Mouse City, capital of Mouse Island. But at the coaxing of his sister, Thea, and various relatives, Stilton sates his yen for adventure-and adventure writing-by embarking on various excursions and recording and illustrating his exploits in a diary that serves as source material for his books. Stilton, Thea, cousin Trap and nephew Benjamin board a ship in search of buried treasure on a secret deserted island. The trip is filled with peril and plenty of humor, though the treasure isn't what anyone expected. The book's lightning pace and its numerous chapters, as well as a full-color design that displays key words in color type and fun fonts, will hook kids in a flash. And those with a taste for Stilton's breezy style will surely want to devour future "whisker-licking-good stories," as the author calls them. The first four book in the Geronimo Stilton series will be released simultaneously, followed by one book per month thereafter. Ages 7-10. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The Barnes & Noble Review
Geronimo Stilton, a reporter mouse with a taste for adventure (and an even bigger taste for cheese), stars in this action-packed first installment of the internationally acclaimed series.
With Geronimo himself labeled as the author, the book is set in New Mouse City, Mouse Island, where the author runs The Rodent's Gazette. Readers are quickly introduced to him and his sister, Thea, who whisks a surprised Geronimo on a sailing trip to locate a buried treasure called The Emerald Eye. The two also recruit their jokester cousin, Trap Stilton, to help sail the boat, and after a long trip that involves Geronimo getting sick from frozen clams, the discovery of a stowaway on board, and plenty of other dramatic events, they arrive on Treasure Island -- only to find that the island is not as deserted as they thought. To their chagrin, Geronimo and family don't quite get the treasure they'd hoped for, but as they leave Treasure Island, the secret behind The Emerald Eye becomes crystal clear.
An inventive first book marked with likable characters, full-color illustrations, and fast-moving text that uses various fonts and design elements to make reading a blast, Lost Treasure will have kids hooked on Geronimo Stilton. This mousy hero is no pipsqueak, and with other books featuring these and even more characters -- including the editorial staff of The Rodent's Gazette -- he's set to become the big cheese with readers young and old.