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Adventuremice: Mice on the Ice

Authored by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Published by David Fickling Books

The third instalment of the Adventuremice series, from the ever-brilliant Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre, sees the mice encountering snow, which, for Pedro in particular, is a novel affair.

Pedro is used to drinking hot chocolate, curled up in front of a fire, and never before has he skated. He learns from his mouse friends how to survive on the ice and grows more confident in himself when the other mice face a problem of their own – the sea is frozen over. This means the gang won’t be able to get themselves across to the annual Frost Fair, a celebration full of cheese, hot chocolate and other treats. Luckily, Pedro has a solution…

Eventually, the mice make it over to the Frost Fair, and are faced with something of a moral quandary – not about whether or not they should steal as many treats as they can but working out exactly how to maximise their takings. There are moments of suspense, humour, and (naturally) adventure as the group work together, with a little help from one or two guest characters.

If you don’t already know of Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre as a writing partnership, then their work is really something to look out for, especially for younger readers. This particular series would be brilliant as a read-aloud in Y2 and could even suit more confident Y2 readers as an independent read and children in Y3. The language is accessible but not without challenge: nautical terminology such as clipper, bows and starboard may require discussion and explanation.

The instantly recognisable illustrations from Sarah McIntyre add to the story, showing character and setting alike, and the book would suit children who are undergoing the transition from picture to illustrated chapter books. This is precisely where my son is with his reading at the moment so I can’t wait to see how he engages with the story and the series.

Gentle, humorous, and warm (despite the seasonal storyline), Adventuremice: Mice on the Ice is a welcome addition to chapter books in Key Stage 1.