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Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen

April 9, 2008

I got this book as a birthday present (thanks Ellen!) and it has been an interesting read. Overall I’d put the story squarely in the 10-12 age bracket, if that has any meaning. What makes this book worthwhile for the adult reader is the concept and the incredible fusion of art and story that takes place on the page.

The story is a straightforward tale of bravery and betrayal, where the loyal mouse guard members attempt to stop a deadly conspiracy they stumble upon during a routine patrol. So far so ordinary.

What made this book come alive for me was the world Petersen creates and the stunning visualisation of it. The mouse guard do battle with snakes, crabs, and rebelloius mice in this book.

The book itself is a collection of six comic books and this shows in the sometimes sharp jumps from one page to the next as you move from one episode to another. But all can be forgiven as the book ultimately comes together well and the art helps as more of the world is revealed with each episode.

If you have a child who would benefit from reading this book so much the better, since it gives you a convenient excuse to buy. Otherwise, buy anyway, and be unrepentant!

  1. nshadowsong
    April 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Absolutely spot on. I’ve only been through the first chapter, but it was such a pleasure to take my time with each page: the graphics just pulls you into the story. The mice really come off as valiant and plain badass. I’m looking forward to finishing the book.

  2. davekay
    April 25, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Thanks Shadowsong, I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way!

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