Wise, William illus. by Patrick Benson. Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler. Bloomsbury, 2006. ISBN 978-1582347080 160 pp. $8.99
William Wise recently published the book Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler. Young Christopher Mouse is quite content in his wire cage with his mom and family, but he knows that one day he will be separated from his mother and his dear sister Anna. Always hopeful, he is determined that he will not be taken to one of these dreadful laboratory places he hears so much of. He’d much rather be taken to a pet shop. And so he is. A young boy named Freddy adopts him from the pet shop and treats him wonderfully until the day that he trades him to the lying, mean and terribly profit-driven Aubrey. Luckily, the careless Aubrey loses Christopher in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stalked by a shadow ghost and starving to death, Christopher is finally rescued by some nice folks visiting the museum.
The story was a little sappy sweet for me even with the obstacles and hardship the small mouse encounters. This is a great one for those third and fourth graders who like Poppy, The World According to Humphrey and other rodent tales.