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PESTS: Mouse in Training

PESTS: Mouse in Training

Emer Stamp
Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 9781444949629

A fun and charming story of an adventurous mouse called Stix. He's the tiny size of an egg cup and his life revolves around sneaking out from his home (in a kitchen, behind a washing machine)at night with his beloved Grandma. Together they scurry for food but security conscious Grandma insists on strict rules to ensure they are never spotted by humans;

a trace equals a trap.

Young Stix's curious mind and secret outings to practise his acrobatic skills, however, lead him straight into trouble and straight into the path of cunning, mean, sly rat Maximus. Maximus' cavalier biscuit crumb spraying antics in Stix's kitchen lets the humans know they aren't alone and Stix and Grandma's lives are put at risk as Nuke A Pest are summoned!

Forced to flee, Stix finds surprise friendship and education in the Peewit Educatorium for Serious Terrible Scoundrels (PESTS) in the basement . There he meets some fabulously named creatures ( Dug the mole, Underlay the carpet beetle ) and their pigeon professor Dr Krapotkin, who all show Stix that being a pest with PEST can be harmless fun and not all living in fear.

This is a funny, fast-paced story of animal antics. There's plenty of toilet/poo jokes to please the younger reader, although the poo proves central to the plot here with an evil cockroach Prof Armageddon on a mission to destroy the humans homes.

Stix makes a lovely sweet, eager hero who grows in confidence and leads his little gang of cheeky creature classmates to the rescue. Lovely illustrations throughout the book bring the cast of characters to life.

PESTS will most definitely be coming out in our school when this book appears!

192 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Jenny Caddick, HLTA


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