Middle Grade

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds

Orville Wellington Mouse #1 by Tom Hoffman

Orville MouseOrville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds is a charming adventure that kids of all ages can enjoy. Orville Mouse has finished school and has begun working when he learns that there is more to this world(s) than he knew. Soon Orville becomes a Metaphysical Adventurer and goes on his first adventure with his best friend Sophia, which of course, leads to more adventures.

One of the best parts of this book is that there isn’t just one adventure. Yes – there is an overarching story, but within that story that are many mini-adventures that will keep a child interested and engaged in the story line. The characters are very likeable and have an enthusiastic and positive outlook no matter what their circumstances may be. One character that is especially likeable is Proto the rabbiton who is known for his love of making treats. We see Proto grow throughout the book as he makes friends, overcomes his fears, and also goes on his first adventure.

There were a couple of times toward the beginning that the dialogue felt a little awkward or something would be said that might draw a reader’s attention away from the story. An example of this is when Orville learns Sophia’s parents are deceased. Orville and Sophia are best friends, so wouldn’t he naturally already know that information? But this is a minor quibble.

If you enjoy anthropomorphized animal stories this may be a good book choice. One of the fun parts in reading the story was coming across common phrases we use everyday to those changed to fit mice, such as changing ‘gentleman’ to ‘gentlemouse’.

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds is the first in a series and is recommended for the young at heart.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.

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