Fiction/Graphic Novel, chapters first appeared separately, this collected edition 2007
Archaia Studios Press, hardback, 176 p.
Mouse Guard series, Book 1
Mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world’s harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. They are not simply soldiers that fight off intruders; rather, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden mouse village to another. The Guard patrol borders, find safeways and paths through dangerous territories and treacherous terrain, watch weather patterns, and keep the mouse territories free of predators. They do so with fearless dedication so that they might not just exist, but truly live.The read-a-thon was the perfect time to finally read this beautifully drawn graphic novel. The art is truly stunning and I spent some time simply admiring the details and the fantastic rich colours.
I’ve read some reviews complaining that the story is rather simple, and it is a somewhat straightforward adventure tale, but really, it’s the art that makes this book such a joy to read.
It also reminded me of some other mouse stories I’ve enjoyed over the years. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh [The Secrets of Nimh] by Robert C. O’Brien which I don’t really remember anymore but that I loved as a child, and then more recently The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo, and even the film, Ratatouille. Gotta love those cute, fictional mice and rats!
I’ll definitely be getting the next one in the series, Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, when it comes out hopefully later this year.
Mouse Guard website
David Petersen's blog
Interview with David Petersen
First sentence: Let me tell ye about the Guard.
My Rating: 4/5
(#23 for 2009, Graphic Novels Challenge, Once Upon a Time III Challenge)
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