Author: Geronimo Stilton
Year published: 2004
Number of pages: 116
Is this book part of a series? Book #1 in Geronimo Stilton series
Recommended age: 6-9
Child Rating: ★★★★★
Grown-up Rating: ★★★★☆
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Summary (from the book’s jacket):
Who is Geronimo Stilton? That’s me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here in New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island, my books are all bestsellers! My stories are full of fun – tastier than Swiss cheese and tangier than extra-sharp cheddar. They are whisker-licking-good stories, and that’s a promise!
Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye: It all started when my sister, Thea, discovered an old, mysterious map. It showed a secret treasure hidden on a faraway island. In no time at all, my sister dragged me and my cousin Trap into her treasure hunt. It was an adventure I’d never forget…
What it’s about: The story is about a mouse named Geronimo Stilton who is an editor of a newspaper. He is also the author of this book. His sister Thea finds a treasure map so they go on a boat to try to find the treasure. The treasure is the Emerald Eye which they think is some sort of jewel. Their cousin Trap and their nephew Benjamin also come on their adventure. Then, their ship sinks and they land on an island which just happens to be the right one. Geronimo and his family work together to follow the map and find the treasure.
What I liked and disliked about it: I liked this book because it’s funny and the story is good. I like stories that have mysteries and adventures like this one does. It was really cool that there was a treasure map. If I found a treasure map, I would try to find it – especially if it’s a big jewel like a ruby or diamond and I would ask all of my friends, my little brother, my Mom, and my Dad to help me find it.
Trap and Thea are funny when they call Geronimo by everything but his name, like “Geronimiss”, “Geronimouse”, “Gerrymug”, and “Geronimeister”. It really seems to bother him.
I liked the way the book ended because the treasure they discovered was a big surprise.
I didn’t like that there is writing and pictures over some of the words because I didn’t know which ones were part of the story and where they were in the sentence. It made it harder to read.
My bottom line: I loved this book and would recommend it to girls my age and younger and boys who are younger than me.
What it’s about: The Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye, authored by the title character, takes place in the town of New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse Island. The story is written through the perspective of Geronimo Stilton, the editor of the local paper, The Rodent’s Gazette, and follows his adventures with his sister Thea Stilton, his cousin Trap Stilton, and his nephew Benjamin Stilton. Thea stumbles upon a treasure map which brings together the mice on a quest to find the mysterious Emerald Eye. Geronimo and his family members set sail and must overcome a series of mishaps and misadventures on their quest for the precious jewel. But what Geronimo and his mousy companions discover is that family, friendship, and loyalty are the greatest treasures of all.
What I liked and disliked about it: For years, I saw the Geronimo Stilton books in the Scholastic book order forms at our school and I was always curious about them. My daughter was never interested in them; but nonetheless, my curiosity got the best of me when I recently found myself perusing the shelves at a local bookstore. I picked up the Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye for my daughter on a whim, curious about what made this book series so popular. Curiosity…satisfied.
Both my daughter and I were surprised at how delightful this book was. The characters are all quirky and interesting. The setting of the book, New Mouse City, is a clever parody of New York City. In fact, the parodies (more obvious to grown-ups, and most likely not picked up at all by children) abound. For example, there is reference to a Rat La Lanne gym membership (a nod to Jack La Lanne) and a television show called X-Mouse (ok, that could be X-Men or the X-Files – take your pick!). Even the mouse “swearing” (e.g., ‘Slimy Swiss Balls’) is amusing.
Another thing I really liked was that, before we dive into the story, there is a little blurb with a photo introducing each character as well as images of the entire editorial staff of the Rodent Gazette. Also, at the back of the book, there are maps of New Mouse City and Mouse Island with all of the relevant landmarks. I can really appreciate these extra touches.
This book relies heavily on graphics which are clearly intended to enhance the reader experience. For example, the word ‘green’ is in a different font style and color (i.e., green); the word ‘idea’ has a light bulb for an ‘i’; and the words ‘I took the stairs two at a time’ are staggered as steps. Some of the pages are filled with graphics. Here are some examples:
On the one hand, the pages are very dynamic and eye-catching. For younger children who still like images to accompany a story, this will probably add to the enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, it is extremely distracting and this is the experience that my daughter had. In fact, I would say that it was distracting to the point that by the end of the book, you realize that the story itself is a bit weak, but the images, play on words, and funny dialogue among the characters are really what carry the book and make it entertaining.
My bottom line: I found this series to be quite good. The plot itself is a bit weak, but the characters are entertaining. I could go either way with the heavy use of graphics – I think it would be appropriate for younger children just getting used to sitting through longer books. I think it’s a great read-aloud book, but I don’t think it’s quite challenging enough for more established independent readers. I would recommend this series to boys and girls aged 6 to 9.
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