Books are a treasure and it’s such a joy to see my 9-year-old finally read age-appropriate novels for hours on end. It is my pleasure to tell you about a brand new book, released today, that is geared toward middle grade kids (ages 8 – 12) called Word of Mouse by best-selling author Jimmy Patterson.
Patterson’s newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships that he makes along the way. Not only is it a fun book to read, but there are little words to live by inserted at the beginning of each chapter that, frankly, all ages should pay attention to. I love it when books like this have positive messaging woven in to the story.
[quote cite=’ Isaiah’ align=’left’]Be friends with good people and you will increase their number.”[/quote]
About Word of Mouse
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky—which until recently was something he’d never seen, but had read all about. That’s right—Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans…if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his “mischief” (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it’s hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.
“Be careful with your heart. Once it’s broken it’s hard to find spare parts.”
Your Words to Live By
As our daughter progresses toward middle school, we find ourselves constantly relaying little tips and phrases to her which are very similar to the ones that Isaiah starts each chapter with.
With this in mind, I asked my daughter to write down her favorite quote and she chose, “It’s Cool to Be Kind.” (Her other favorites are quoted throughout this post, too.)
She started reading the book here in our little green huts by the beach while I edited photos. It’s one of our favorite places to chill out on weekend mornings. Even the dog was birdwatching.
Isaiah’s words of wisdom aren’t always serious—in fact the book has a lighthearted tone throughout so she’d chuckle every once in a while.
“Never dance on the nose of a sleeping cat.”
Word of Mouse + $50 VISA Card Giveaway
To celebrate the release of this fabulous book, one lucky LJM reader will receive a copy of Word of Mouse and a $50 VISA gift card!
All you need to do is enter by using this widget. The main entry is to leave a comment saying who in your life you’d love to win the book for and why. Then, you’ll be taken to optional bonus entries to take advantage of that will increase your chances of winning!
“You never fail until you quit trying.”
About the Author
James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, he has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’”
Good luck! You can buy Word of Mouse here or on Amazon.
This post is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books.