The Star Crusher (Missile Mouse Series #1)

The Star Crusher (Missile Mouse Series #1)

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by Jake Parker
     
 

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A rough, tough space hero-who just happens to be a big-eared mouse-takes on the forces of intergalactic evil in this funny, action-packed graphic novel.

Missile Mouse, secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, is a risk taker and a rule breaker, which is why he's in hot water at GSA headquarters. Then RIP, the Rogue Imperium of Planets, kidnaps a scientist

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A rough, tough space hero-who just happens to be a big-eared mouse-takes on the forces of intergalactic evil in this funny, action-packed graphic novel.

Missile Mouse, secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, is a risk taker and a rule breaker, which is why he's in hot water at GSA headquarters. Then RIP, the Rogue Imperium of Planets, kidnaps a scientist who knows about the Star Crusher, a doomsday machine capable of destroying the entire universe.
Time to let loose the mouse!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Missile Mouse is a very large rodent who works for the Galactic Security Agency. Unfortunately, he is not a team player. He prefers to work alone, skip official procedures, and make up his own rules; he is more than conceited. He thinks his way is the only way to get things done. On his last mission, Missile Mouse makes a horrible mistake and loses an important star compass that gives power to the "enemy." Extremely worn out from Missile Mouse's attitude and actions, his bosses assign a new partner to work with him. Their assignment is to find a scientist who has been kidnapped and has knowledge that will possibly save the galaxy. The two head out and are soon embroiled in one big adventure after another. The exciting adventures provide thrills and combine to make for an incredibly interesting story. The artwork is so fantastic that after I finished reading the book, I went back and spent more time looking at the illustrations. The characters are strange but believable, adding to the storyline. Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! They are perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on also will enjoy the graphics, the exhilarating story, and the fast-paced text. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Publishers Weekly
A secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, Missile Mouse is independent, resourceful, a risk-taker, and in a lot of trouble with his boss. After a botched attempt at recovering a Star Compass, and one too many crashed spaceships, he's been assigned a partner, Agent Hyde, who has parents in high places. Now, their mission is to find a missing scientist and prevent the Rogue Imperium of Planets from manufacturing Dark Plasma to fuel a Star Crusher—a fearsome weapon of mass destruction. Along the way, they cross paths (and guns) with Mouse's rival, Gurne the mercenary; a robot filled with giant ants; and the shark-headed goons of the dreaded Rogue Imperium. The art, a smooth blend of Alex Toth by way of Chris Sanders, is clean and fun, and Parker combines sharp characterization with breakneck plotting that should keep aspiring space cadets turning pages furiously. Age 8–12. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–Brimming with sci-fi action and futuristic gadgetry, Missile Mouse comes across as a James Bond meets Han Solo for the middle-grade crowd. The cocky, big-eared rodent is a secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency (GSA) who prefers to do things the “quick and messy” way. This penchant for disruption has the GSA keeping close tabs on him. When brilliant scientist Ulrich Vondorf is kidnapped by the evil Rogue Imperium of Planets (RIP), Missile Mouse is tasked with retrieving him. Adding importance to the mission is the fact that Vondorf has knowledge of the black hole-creating Star Crusher, which RIP could use to bring the universe to its knees. While the plot, featuring rescue missions and against-the-clock thrills, doesn’t break new ground, it is satisfyingly efficient. Rarely is a panel wasted. The modern, richly colored illustrations will keep readers visually interested throughout. Entertaining, well-executed, and likely to circulate feverishly as soon as it hits the shelf, this first installment in a graphic novel series should have scores of devoted fans in no time.–Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
Kirkus Reviews
When his mission to recover an ancient star compass goes wrong, intrepid Galactic Security Agent Missile Mouse finds himself saddled with a partner. Agent Hyde, the son of a senator and a rookie, is willing to please, but part of his job (according to Chief Maxwell) is to keep Missile Mouse from making costly mistakes. The two are to retrieve a missing scientist who holds the key to a horrible weapon, the Star Crusher, in his hereditary memory. They rescue Ulrich Vondorf from the Rogue Imperium of Planets (RIP)-but not before RIP gets most of the info they need. Missile Mouse must find the last stash of dark plasma before RIP, but that's not the only hurdle GSA's finest is going to face! An animation artist for such companies as Disney & Nick as well as a comics artist, Parker produces a first full-length graphic novel that's a gem in story and art. Bright, action-filled, at times wordless panels keep the pages turning. Intelligent space opera and a realistically rounded hero will have young fans of the future demanding the next volume. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545117159
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Missile Mouse Series, #1
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
209,618
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile:
GN480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Jake Parker is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels MISSILE MOUSE: THE STAR CRUSHER AND MISSILE MOUSE: RESCUE ON TANKIUM3, both published by Scholastic/Graphix. He also worked at Blue Sky Studios as an artist for such films as Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Rio. Jake lives in Provo, Utah, with his family. Visit Jake at www.mrjakeparker.com.

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Star Crusher (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good book. It was the most exciting book I have ever read. I highly recommened this book if your in to exciting action books. I gave it five stars because it was so good. My favorite part is when missile mouse fights the big green monster in the beginning. I have only read these Missile Mouse book ,but i'm going to read more of them. The book is mostly about were Missile Mouse tries to get a box from a bad guy to save his planet. The beginning was pretty cool and started off kind of fast. Missile Mouse and his to sidekicks are walking to find a case for the secret agency.Then they found this crashed spaceship and then they look inside and find these case. His want to be sidekicks turn on him and go to the bad side and steal the case with this bad guy that was waiting outside. Then Missile Mouse goes back to the agency and gets screamed at. Then he went to go get the case back he fights off his old sidekicks and destroys the bad guy then gets the case. I recommened these book to kids ages 5-and up
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