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Adventuremice: Otter Chaos

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

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Adventuremice: Otter Chaos: ‘Mice don’t need adventures… adventures are dangerous and scary and uncomfortable’ is a frequent refrain from Pedro’s father. But what child listens to the cautionary words of their parents? Definitely not Pedro! Pedro yearns for adventure. He longs to follow the footsteps of the travelling mice who tell stories of the fearless mice who lived on the legendary Mouse Islands. He wants to be a fearless mouse, meet beautiful mermice, fight fearsome gulls and wicked pirate rats, and nothing was going to stop our valiant rodent hero’s quest for adventure. So, packing his suitcase with all of the necessary adventure accoutrements (cuddly mouse, slippers and cheese) and waving goodbye to his family, he sets off.

It is not long, however, before misadventure hits. Being swept out to sea, Pedro finds that adventures are actually quite dangerous, scary and uncomfortable. Luckily, he is rescued by the Adventuremice, and so begins the first great escapade: defeating Mortlake the big, scary, and very hungry otter.

As with all of their books, Reeves’ and McIntyre’s wit, charm and silliness ooze throughout the story. The illustrations are bright, bold and totally typical of McIntyre’s inimitable style. We even have a map, and who doesn’t love a map?

Adventuremice: Otter Chaos would be a brilliant read aloud for 5-7 year olds and a great first independent chapter book for 7-8 year olds who would all revel in these adventures and wait with barely concealed impatience for the next exciting instalment.