My son is in eighth grade and is a huge fan of James Patterson’s middle school series of books. My daughter, who is in third grade, has always been envious of the books, especially because of how excited my son gets when a new one comes out. She asks when she can read them, and I have to tell her that she has to wait until she is in sixth grade. Which, of course, makes her whine and pout.
As a parent, this is disheartening because I love that she is so excited about the idea of reading and so to have to tell her no is sort of a letdown for both of us.
But now, thanks to a new middle-grade book called Word of Mouse from James Patterson, I was able to tell her that while she can’t read that particular series, the same author has a brand new book written just for her age group.
The book tells the story of a very special mouse named Isaiah. Isaiah is no ordinary mouse because not only can he read, write and talk, he is blue. He is also a very scared little mouse (the most scared of them all) but is forced to survive all on his own while he searches for his missing family.
My daughter was excited to start reading (dressed as Mrs. Claus), and from the get-go, her face told the story of how well she was enjoying the book. She often smiled and even laughed out loud at times.
The book is engaging and quite descriptive. I read parts of it as well (when she would let me) and found myself totally transported into Isaiah’s world. It’s easy to comprehend, and the chapters are the perfect length to keep her attention.
At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from Isaiah that describes the lessons he learns while surviving his many adventures. These quotes inspired us and so my daughter came up with her “words to live by” and I helped her illustrate them.
“You never fail until you quit trying.”
This quote is direct from Isaiah himself, and it’s so true. She chose it because I say something similar all of the time, although she reminded me that Albert Einstein said it first and that he said “stop trying” not quit. I was amazed that she knew that!
“Learn from mistakes.”
She said that her teacher has a quote in the classroom about mistakes being learning opportunities. It obviously is something that has inspired her.
“Always be kind.”
As someone who has recently been the victim of a bully at school, I was struck that she chose this one. She has a huge heart and is filled with empathy for people.
“Happiness is contagious.”
Even if you can’t spell it right, it really is!
There are so many great words to live by in this new book, and it has inspired so many others as well. I am sure that when she finishes it, she will say “please give me another book.”
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