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The book itself has been a fun read for my sons. However, the quality of the book is astoundingly poor!! We ordered the first five books in the series, and at least three of the books had page after page falling out of them after the first read-through. Buy these books from another seller if you intend for your kids to actually read them! Otherwise, keep the roll of Scotch tape handy.
Meh. They've put a lot of resources into the production of these books -- glossy art, flip pages, etc. But the writing and plots are dull and questionable (we bought four of them, so we have a decent sample): Someone picks on someone, someone beats someone up. Whoooo! They know their little-boy audience; our son liked them. So if that's the story you want to teach your kids about the world, go for it. We're not buying any more of these. It's apparently by the same people who do Captain Underpants, so you know you're getting lowest-common-denominator, anything-to-get-our-boys-to-read kind of stuff Finally, the flip-page animation gimmick does not work.
Reviewed in the United States on 18 September 2014
The best thing about this book is the graphics. I think Dan Santat's art is well done for the most part. The content of this book is another issue. The book concerns a mouse who is being bullied. The solution is for a robot to come to the rescue in a violent and scary way. Bullying is a very real issue for kids, and I would prefer books where the reader is presented with a real solution-oriented idea instead of fantasy and violence. I have one more comment about the graphics. There is one part of the book called "flip-o-rama" that I think is a failure. The reader is given directions about flipping the page back and forth to create the illusion of animation. There is too many pages of repeated instructions, and the text of it is more difficult tan the reading level for the rest of the book. Kids will probably like this book. It's very cartoonish and fast-paced. Parents should monitor the content to remind kids that this is fantasy, and use the opportunity to talk about real and better strategies to deal with bullies.