Time Stops for No Mouse

Time Stops for No Mouse

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by Michael Hoeye, Dale Champlin

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When spunky aviatrix Linka Perflinger walks into Hermux Tantamoq’s watch shop in Pinchester, it’s obvious that she’s anything but ordinary. And when she mysteriously disappears, it’s clear Hermux must find her. Hermux unexpectedly stumbles across the key to the mystery when he intercepts the journal of an adventurous botanist who is missing in the faraway jungles of


When spunky aviatrix Linka Perflinger walks into Hermux Tantamoq’s watch shop in Pinchester, it’s obvious that she’s anything but ordinary. And when she mysteriously disappears, it’s clear Hermux must find her. Hermux unexpectedly stumbles across the key to the mystery when he intercepts the journal of an adventurous botanist who is missing in the faraway jungles of Teulabonari. A trail of clues leads directly to The Last Resort. The doctor who runs this exclusive spa, the reclusive Hiril Mennus, is putting the final touches on a machine that will put coin-operated plastic surgery into every shopping mall. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse that pits Hermux against an eccentric cosmetics tycoon, a sinister plastic surgeon, and a squad of ruthless lab rats, the watchmaker discovers that no one — not even himself — is quite what they seem.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If you and your child like mysteries, here's one that will take you on a roller-coaster ride in a race against time to save a mad doctor from wreaking havoc on his town, and perhaps the world. Did we mention that the hero is a mouse, and the mad doctor is a rat?

Welcome to the tiny town of Pinchester, where mice, rats, moles, and minks work hard during the day, go to the opera at night, and munch donuts from Lanayda Prink's coffee shop in between. And Hermux Tantamoq, a local watchmaker who enjoys speaking with his pet ladybug and munching extra-stinky cheese, is much like any other mouse. Then one day, beautiful aviatrix extraordinaire Linka Perflinger gives Hermux her watch to repair -- and promptly disappears. Hermux, who has developed a crush, suspects foul play and vows to find her. He stumbles across the key to the mystery surrounding Linka's disappearance when he intercepts the journal of an adventurous botanist wandering in the mystical country of Teulabonari, home of the native chinchillas (yes, chinchillas). Unfortunately, there are many who would stop at nothing to get their hands on the journal and the priceless information it holds, and Hermux is soon embroiled in a dangerous scheme involving a greedy cosmetics tycoon, a sinister plastic surgeon, a pushy newspaper reporter, a gang of ruthless lab rats, and a scheme that may destroy his peaceful town.

Hoeye's gift for storytelling pulls even the most hesitant reader into this little world, where mice are heroes, rats are murderers, and the mythical Fountain of Youth is a reality. Younger readers may get impatient with Hoeye's painstaking detail as he shows readers every step Hermux makes, but they'll soon realize that even the most minor scene plays a major part in this mystery. In addition, the short chapters make the book perfect for bedtime reading, and readers will have quite a time calling out the funny names of the characters. (Michele D. Thomas)

Publishers Weekly
This first book in the Hermux Tantamoq Adventure series introduces the titular watchmaking mouse, Hermux Tantamoq, his pet ladybug and his crush. According to PW, the author's "galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages rapidly turning." Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gentleman, watchmaker, and mouse, Hermux Tantamoq has a passion for precision and routine. A gentle soul, he is an observer of life, thankful for the small, ordinary things—donuts, hot tea, flannel shirts, and his pet ladybug, Terfle. His peaceful life is turned upside down when dashing, daredevil aviatrix Linka Perflinger rushes into his shop with a broken watch and quickly steals his heart. A week passes, and the adventuress does not return for her watch. Instead, a tall, gray rat with a long, narrow face and sharp tongue tries to retrieve it. Tantamoq finds himself up to his whiskers in deception and intrigue. Earnest and inquisitive, Tantamoq tangles with nasty neighbor and cosmetics tycoon, Tucka Mertslin; gets caught up with the sinister plastic surgeon, Dr. Mennus, founder of The Last Resort health spa; and stumbles upon a trail of clues that leads to the fountain of youth. Will the intrepid furry sleuth find Ms. Perflinger in time? Will he discover real beauty and love? The snappy, sophisticated writing makes this adventure a delight from start to finish. The city of Pinchester comes alive brilliantly with its multispecies population of rats, mice, gophers, and other small furry folk and evokes an almost Edwardian sense of place—despite Mertslin's very modern airs. Hoeye's novel is a delightful romp for imaginative readers and fantasy fans. The second book in the Hermux Tantamoq Adventure series, The Sands of Time (Terfle, 2001) is available in paperback. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002 (orig.2000), 1999, Putnam's, 244p,
— Marian Rafal
Children's Literature
Michael Hoeye's novel, billed as "A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure," introduces an unwilling, and often unwitting, mouse adventurer, Hermux Tantamoq. Hermux, a simple watchmaker by trade, is thrown into a tangle of heroic proportions when the brave aviatrix, Linka Perflinger, walks into his shop one day. Ms. Perflinger, fresh from her latest death-defying adventure, needs her watch repaired quickly. When Ms. Perflinger disappears, however, it is Hermux who finds himself smack dab in the middle of espionage and intrigue. Hermux is dismayed to find his settled life turned upside down. Hoeye handles a wide array of wonderfully named, colorful characters with skill and grace, including Tucka Mertslin, prima donna and bane of Hermux's existence; Terfla, Hermux's beloved pet ladybug; Dr. Mennus, the sinister mastermind of evil plots; and Mirrin, a blind friend who instills in Hermux an appreciation for Beauty. Hermux is a skillfully drawn protagonist, concocted with just the right portions of humor, sympathy, and intelligence. Fans of anthropomorphic fiction will be clamoring for more. Other readers will be won over by the charm and charisma of this fine first novel. 2002, G.P. Putnam's Sons,
— Christopher Moning
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A delightful look into the life of Hermux Tantamoq. This no-nonsense mouse is a watchmaker by profession, and leads a simple life. Everything changes when he meets Ms. Linka Perflinger, adventuress. She needs her watch repaired, but then mysteriously disappears. Mr. Tantamoq begins to question her absence, mostly out of infatuation, but also out of a growing sense of responsibility for her welfare. As more diabolical elements begin to fall into place, he becomes more concerned with the fate of everyone living in the city of Pinchester, including himself. Hoeye tells a good tale in the style of Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel) or Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971). Suspense and fantasy are intertwined in this story, which once started is difficult to put down. Hoeye mixes an interesting cast of characters with a multileveled story that will keep readers' attention from beginning to end.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
Hoeye's galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages rapidly turning. (Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Sands of Time)

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Penguin Group (USA)
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Hermux Tantamoq Adventure Series
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Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Hoeye has taught in the MBA program at Maryhurst University in Portland as well as working in New York as a textile designer, stagehand, fashion photographer, photographer's assistant, and high school teacher. He lives with his wife Martha and their cat Lionel in Oregon. This is his first book.

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Time Stops for No Mouse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
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A frolicking read, Time Stops for No Mouse explores the erratic intricacies of the heart. The characters, despite tongue-twister names, are fun and brimming with energy and earnest vivacity. From Terfle, Hermux's pet ladybug, confidant, and advisor on all matters, to Hermux himself, who after years of bachelorhood has his heart stolen by a mouse who breezes into his shop to have a watch fixed, the characters are complex and entertaining. Overall, this fun, easy read is a great choice for kids and adults alike, and the characters will charm readers with their heartfelt dreams and commitments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding! I love it! I would recommend anyone to read it! this is a fantastic book and i hope the series continues after the most recent one which is 'smell the roses' or something like that but i really hope the author continues.
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Time Stops for No Mouse is a great book. It's full of excitement and mystery. Interesting thoughts to secret labs makes this book fantastic. I highly recommend this book.
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This book was funny, interesting, and suspensful all at once. LOVED IT!!!
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Time Stops for no Mouse By Micheal Hoeye Animal fiction/mystery Hermux Tantamoq leads an average life as a watchmaker, until one day Linka perflinger walks into the shop and want her watch to be fixed. She needs it quickly, so he gets it ready by the next day. She doesn¿t come the next day or the next. then a rat comes and wants her watch, but he doesn¿t give it to him because he has no claim check. He follows the rat over to ms. Perflinger¿s house where he saw them kidnap ms. Perflinger. Then he goes on an adventure to save ms. Perflinger and keep a secret which could change the fate of all mouse. Time stops for no mouse starts very slowly. It stays boring until the last forty pages. It would be about fifty-sixty pages but the author added in a lot of boring stuff in. I wouldn¿t suggest reading it because you will probably give up on it before half of the book is done. It also has no humor in it at all. Although if your patient and don¿t have very much to do you might get to the end. // three stars |//|
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book for the first time several years ago when a neighbor gave it to me for my birthday. i loved it, and i can't help reading it over and over again. it is one of the best books i've ever read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention the whole time. I first read it for a school book reprot, but it turned out to be one of the best books I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is rare these days to find books geared towards our youth that do not contain themes dealing with sex, drinking, drugs, backstabbing, etc. Most of the books that my daughter brings home from her school library deal with teenagers trying to steal (and sleep with!) each others' boyfriends, girls spreading vicious lies about other girls, etc...it is just so disappointing to know that this is the only kind of literature that my daughter ever seems to find at school. Then one day I came across 'Time Stops for No Mouse' and read it. It was really cute, with absolutely no underlying or 'hidden' messages that sometimes slip past the children reading them. It is a nice, refreshing change to read such a whimsical tale. There should really be more books out there like this one. My daughter absolutely loved it, which proves to me that our children don't need to be reading books with adult themes. Let them be children for as long as they can...for time passes so quickly and they will have the rest of their lives to deal with these adult themes. TWO THUMBS UP for Michael Hoeye!
Guest More than 1 year ago
at first i didn't like the book, i thought it was slow but it was still a pretty good read and then the last few chapters just blew me away it made the book AMAZING and its probably one of my favorites!
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Time Stops For No Mouse is a great mystery with villans and untruthful mice who loom around in the darkness with a secret. 'He's as neat as clockwork,' is my favorite quote from this book, because it is so true, he is very on time and organized. Also, because I am very precise with everything as well. Hermux is a humble watchmaker who lives a quiet life until he meets Ms.Perflinger, who he falls in love with at sight. Ms.Perflinger came to drop off a watch to be prepared, and she said she would pick it up the next day, but she never returned, and thats when Hermux knew that something was going on. He followed a stealthy rat home who came to pick up Linka's (Ms.Perflinger) watch, he found Dr.Dandiffer's journal and the formula of youth, and he used an alias to get into a resort to go under cover to find where Linka was being held captive. All this would have never happened, for his obsession over her. I thought this was a great book, Michael Hoeye did a wonderful job with detail and emotion when an important event was happening. The book never had any boring parts, there was ALWAYS SOME kind of action going on! For me, this book was definately a 'page turner'and I recomend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got Time Stops for No Mouse at the book fair, and I was disapointed at the begging. It's kinda slow for the first 70 pages. But after that it was really good Michel is a great author. Loved it
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This book is absolutely enchanting. Once you begin to read it you can not put it down.
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All Time favorite that I've read. Best book that no one can beat! I love Hermux
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The best book I've ever read I to am a bookworm...TIME STOPS FOR NO MOUSE is a MUST READ!!.. Even though you don't like action in a mouse then still please read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! I couldn't put the book down, even when I was walking back from school!!!Ouch, banged into many walls....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just cute, cute, cute! I got so involved with the story line that I had to stop and remind myself that it is a children's book! Micheal writes a wonderful story with fun and exciting characters. I am throughly looking forward to reading 'The Sands of Time'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for all sorts of kids... it has mystery and kidnapping. Decieving characters and friendly, trust-worthy ones-- or are they? In this book, you can't trust ANYONE... even your friend. It's great for animal-lovers with Terfle and perfect for adventure and mystery lovers everywhere! I highly reccomend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so hard for me to put it down, Michael Toyue has really outdone himself. Also, if you liked this book, The Sands of Time (the sequel) is also a fab read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is an excellent choice for one's children, particularly if the parent is concerned about violence, sexuality, radical ideas, etc. Hermux's adventures are captivating and easy to follow; the love interest is very innocent, the friendships are sweet, and the bad guys aren't really evil, they're just extremely self-centered and very, very naughty. It was just plain cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the book yesterday. And as soon as I got home I started reading it. And I'm enjoying it so much every turn of the page. I highly recommend it to anyone. I cant wait till I finish!