The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe; Illustrated by Daniel Duncan
(Aladdin, January 3, 2017 & August 29, 2017) Book I | Book II
Fiction * Action & Adventure * Animals/Mice
Audience: Ages 7 to 9
Indiebound | WorldCat
Description from GoodReads:
Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary’s historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle.
Twenty-five generations of Whiskers have lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. For young, book-loving Henry Whiskers and his family, this is the perfect place to call home.
But when the dollhouse undergoes unexpected repairs and Henry’s youngest sister, Isabel, goes missing, he risks everything in a whisker-whipping race against time to save her. His rescue mission will take him to the murky and scary world of Rat Alley, and Henry will have to dig deep and find the courage he never knew he had in order to bring his sister back home.
Thoughts on the series....
What is it about small creatures or tiny individuals living under floorboards or in this case in a doll house that enchant readers? In the new series, The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, readers are introduced to Henry Whiskers and his many family members, who have the good fortune of living in Queen Mary's Doll House. Or at least living in the storage drawers of the dollhouse or below Windsor Castle.
I was drawn in from the beginning of the story when I imagined Henry, asleep in the doll house library with a book at his feet. The pencil drawing came no where near to how I imagined it in my mind. What would it be like to be small enough to live in an opulent tiny castle?
Fans of books like The Borrowers or The Littles or The Rescuers will enjoy Gigi Priebi's The Adventures of Henry Whiskers. In book one, Henry finds himself searching for his young sister, Isabel, who has disappeared. Of course a story about mice would not be complete without a few adversaries, and help coming from an unlikely source.
As I was reading through the story, I was also reminded of that feeling as a child when I would read a story and wished the adventures happening in the book could actually happen in real life. I think that was one of the reasons I loved books. Even when life seemed boring and predictable, a book would take you on an adventure or provide some excitement.
After reading the first book in the series, I realized that I did not know a lot about Queen Mary's Doll House at Windsor Castle. If you are like me, you may be compelled to learn more about this famous Doll House.
For more information about Queen Mary's Dollhouse, click here.
Look for The Adventures of Henry Whiskers at your local indie bookstore or public library.
About the author: Gigi Priebe is the mother of three, the founder of Stepping Stones, an award-winning children’s museum in Norwalk, Connecticut and the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, the first in her middle grade series. When she is not writing--or rewriting--she is a philanthropic advisor and community volunteer in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband, a cat named Tigger, a dog named Clover, and probably some mice. To learn more and to download a free curriculum guide, visit gigipriebe.com.
Check out the Giveaway:
One lucky winner will receive copies of both Henry Whiskers books by Gigi Priebe--book 1, THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS, and book 2, THE LONG WAY HOME. (U.S. addresses)
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