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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

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Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck is at his very best in this fast-paced mystery adventure. Fans of The Tale of Desperaux, A Little Princess, and Stuart Little will all be captivated by this memorable story of a lovable orphan mouse on an amazing quest.

The smallest mouse in London’s Royal Mews is such a little mystery that he hasn't even a name. And who were his p
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Dial
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Mari Anne
I should have known better than to pick this one up as I didn't particularly enjoy Peck's last one "Secrets at Sea". I was drawn in though, by the cute title and the adorable cover. After that, it was all down hill. Peck writes in a very stilted and old fashioned manner, which doesn't lend itself well to children's lit. I am not sure why his books are so highly acclaimed as I find them slow and dry. I only got about 30 pages into this one, so maybe it improves later on but I just wasn't willing ...more
Charming little story from one of my favorite children's authors, Richard Peck. If you enjoyed "Stewart Little" and " The Cheshire Cheese Cat" you will certainly want to read about Mouse Minor and his quest to discover his true identity.

"For every job a human holds, there is a mouse with the same job, and doing it better." This is the Great Truth and the central secret of the British Empire. But there is more to this secret than even Mouse Minor suspects.
Liana Kirkey
Fantastic! This was a delightful story (I'll spare you the plot re-cap as it's already repeated numerous times on this page), and I loved the relaxing pace of this story, one adults and children alike will find a pleasure to read or have read to them. It doesn't feature high-tech intrigue, smash-'em up car chases, or moral conflict - all of the things that seem to characterize other current writings, but rather, it is a gentle story that I would class as truly family-friendly. Written with enoug ...more
I gave up on this story. The hero didn't have any qualities I liked and was often a pugilistic jerk, so I abandoned ship. I didn't buy some of the story elements, anyway. For example, the mice in the story wear clothing, but they don't want humans to know, so they take off their clothes if they might be seen by a human. Wearing clothing suggests either a need for protection from the elements or a desire for modesty. A mouse has a fur coat to protect it from the weather, and clearly they're not c ...more
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A tiny, nameless mouse flees his cozy home in London's Royal Mews after causing trouble and finds himself in Buckingham Palace where humans and mice alike are abuzz with plans for Queen Victoria's Jubilation ceremony. Here, he discovers secrets about his past on a voyage of self-discovery that will most certainly change the way his fellow mice view him. Fans of A Tale of Despereaux, animal fiction and fairy tales will enjoy this sweet tale from Newbery award-winning author, Richard Peck. Reviewe ...more
Barb Middleton
Rowan Samuel Ward. My grandson was born today! I'd swing this computer around my head like a lasso I'm so excited, but instead I'll rein in and control myself (particularly since it is not even my computer.) Rowan Samuel Ward. A strong name. "Blimey, 'e is a 'andsome baby, dat 'e is." Names are chain-linked to the theme of self-identity with deep roots in children's literature and common to coming-of-age stories. Richard Peck's tale involves a mouse narrator in search of his identity that goes o ...more
Carol Royce Owen
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is days away, and a little mouse is caught up in the buzz and preparations for the great event. What the reader, obviously humans, don't know is that for every human doing their job, there is a mouse nearby doing it better. So every mouse in the Royal Mews is pressed into activity to prepare for the big event. This little mouse, though, has only one job, and that is to go to school, a task which he hates, as he is the victim of bullying not only from huge classma ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Peck’s first mouse characters in Secrets at Sea, so I looked forward to meeting more whiskered characters in this new book. The two books are unrelated except for Peck’s elaborate mouse society which has the same charm as The Borrowers or The Littles. In this book, we meet a little mouse who really doesn’t even have a name. He has no idea where he came from, but he is now cared for by his Aunt Marigold who is the Head Needlemouse in the Royal Mews in London. He is sent to sc ...more
I found the beginning of the story a little slow going what with describing The Royal Mews (next door to Buckingham Palace) where "Mouse Minor," the guy with the question mark tail lives and explaining why he has no name. However, the story moves along more quickly when Mouse Minor commits the worst two crimes a mouse can make and then flees to try and find the Queen to see if she can tell him who he is and what his future has in store. I'm just not sure if most readers will wait til the middle ...more
Perfectly competent animal-historical fiction, with more emphasis on the animal and less on the history.

Our hero is at times "Nameless", "Runt" or "Mouse Minor", a small mouse of unknown parentage raised in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. He has an ordinary mouse life, albeit one filled with beatings by larger mice (in part because while small of stature, he's large of mouth). One day it gets to be too much and he runs away and there the fun begins. He's seen by a Princess of the Realm, is
Apr 06, 2014 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Marti, Elissa, Nadine
Recommended to Martha by: my students
This is a delightfully adventurous romp through Buckingham Palace and the Mews with Minor Mouse, an orphan mouse with a question mark tail, who wonders where he came from. Readers who enjoyed The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, or The Mr. and Mrs. Bunny series by Polly Horvath, will love this beautifully illustrated tale, full of tidbits of British history.
There were a few factors that spurred me to read “The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail”: as a retired elementary school librarian with nine grandkids, (and I volunteer read in three of their classes) I like to check out what’s new for kids; it takes place in my favorite England, and last summer I did the Buckingham Palace tour so I experienced the actual setting; Richard Peck is one of my favorite authors; and finally, that way too cute cover picture is irresistible!

The littlest mouse, the one
Sherry Philippus
On a personal level, I just loved this book and it totally deserves five stars for literary merit. I always have been a sucker for mouse stories and animal fiction, and that, combined with Richard Peck's absolute mastery of prose, made this a superbly enjoyable read! I laughed outright so many times -- at little jokes between author and reader, at the perfectly depicted dialects of the different animal characters (I had great fun reading these aloud to myself - yes, I'm a dork...), at so many li ...more
“I am of a curious and questing nature.” Runt remarks in reference to his tail, which "was regular, standard issue … and very useful for covering my tracks. But there was something unusual. It fell naturally in the shape of a question mark"

Runt is a young mouse without a family, even without a name. He constantly questions who he is and who he is going to be. But he does know one thing: "for every job a human holds, there is a mouse with the same job and doing it better." And that "human affairs
Kim McGee
Sweet read about a little mouse without a name who has very strong ties to Queen Victoria. I don't want to be a spoiler but you will enjoy this jaunt around jolly old London aboard a bat, horse's ear, owl and many other means of transportation not usually offered to humans. Like all of Richard Peck's books for kids, the characters are lovable and quirky. This would be the perfect companion to The Cheshire Cheese Cat and a great way for kids to get a feel for Queen Victoria's London in all its gl ...more
I recently bought "The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail" for my son and I to enjoy. He decided he'd read it first, but I noticed that when he was about half way through he seemed bogged down; he was no longer choosing to read and wasn't making any progress. For the first time we chatted about "the rights of a reader"! When he heard that a reader can choose to stop reading something (I guess he didn't realize this on his own!), he promptly pulled out his bookmark and handed me the novel. Unfortu ...more
I like Richard Peck and I love children's books about mice, so I was excited to see this one. The story is cute and the illustrations are great, and I liked how he used language and especially alliteration to give the mouse's voice some character and charm. It's not my favorite book about a mouse (sorry--but I read The Mouse and the Motorcycle over and over as a kid), but it's still a nice little book to share.
Brandy Falk
Summary: Beneath Buckingham Palace, lives an entire kingdom of mice. Mouse Minor is the smallest mouse in the tunnels under the cobblestones of the Royal Mews, the palace stables. Mouse Minor has many questions about his life, as he has no name and no parents, but is left with only a vague memory of life outside of the Mews. Mouse Minor's Aunt Marigold, the sharp, no-nonsense Head Needlemouse, has taken to raising him as her son. She evades Mouse Minor's questions about his upbringing, but revea ...more
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail is a simple, cute story. Mouse Minor is small...very small...the smallest mouse in the Royal Mews in the court of Queen Victoria. He is constantly getting into fights with his older, bigger classmates. He knows the Headmaster doesn't like him and when one fight goes too far he flees the Royal Mews altogether.

The rest of the story details Mouse Minor's adventures as he is flung from a horse's feeding trough to the horse's ear, to the Royal Gardens and the Roy
Dιpper Pιɴeѕ
After reading Secrets at Sea I was eager to read more of Richard Peck's work. A quarter of a way into the book I wanted to put it down but kept reading in hope it would get exciting. The beginning promised self discovery, bravery, and adventure.

The characters we encounter didn't seem necessary to our protagonist's journey, with exception of the Queen and Aunt Marigold. The story lack excitement, which I was expecting. The entire story felt like learning about the society and importance of mice,
A nameless and orphaned young mouse living in the mews of Queen Victoria's palace has a tail in the form of a question mark, and lots of questions about where he came from. When he accidentally embarks on a wild adventure through the palace and its grounds--fleeing school bullies who've sworn to kill him (he's tiny but mouthy and usually fights back), he meets many animals he doesn't expect, and gets his answers in ways he certainly doesn't expect.

What I enjoyed most about this was the wonderful
Emmet O'Neal Library- Children's Department
It’s another treasure of a book from Newbery-winner Richard Peck.

In the mouse world of Buckingham Palace, where for every human job there is a mouse who does it better, Mouse Minor (who has no real name and no idea about his origins) is fed up with school. He never shies away from a fight with the bullies who pick on him…but he never wins one, either. So one day he bolts.

At first Mouse Minor has no destination in mind. But when his flight lands him in the palace stables, a conversation with one
Another sweet stand-alone mouse chapter book by Richard Peck (not a sequel to Secrets at Sea). A young mouse orphan without a name grows up in the stables at the palace and searches for who he is.
Meg Allison
A sweet, droll quest of a little mouse in the Queen's court seeking to find himself. Totally enjoyable read : would make a very fine read-aloud. Grades 3-6.
Review originally posted at the Lemon-Squash Book Club.

Meet the smallest mouse in the Buckingham Palace mews. Brought to the mews in a sewing basket when his mother died, the little mouse knows almost nothing about his origins. Even his name, Mouse Minor (if you can call that a name), was given by his classmates rather than his family. More than anything else, he wants to know where he’s come from.

His journey to answer the questions of his past begins days before Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee
nice children's read-aloud chapter book (2nd-5th grades?); very straight-forward story, some rarer vocabulary thrown in.
What was not to like in this book? It takes the world of British royalty and shows it to us through the unique perspective of a curious and noble mouse. Where other reviewers criticized Peck's use of formal and stilted language, I found it charming and adding to the flavor of this very proper world. Fans of Despereaux will find it familiar without rehashing it. There are certain predictable elements in the life of the main character who has unknown origins, but the predictability only serves to ...more
Christina Swain
Richard Peck invites his older, still young readers on a journey of the self-discovery of a mouse in England. The mouse does not have any real family and does not even have a proper name. The whimsical or fanciful language as well as the snappy dialogue between the characters will keep children interested in the story and want to follow the text to solve the mystery. It is an excellent read for children in their independent reading time as they explore through the book trying to make connections ...more
A little mouse who has been raised by his Aunt Marigold and attends the Royal Mews Academy, runs away from school on the eve of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Celebration, to seek an audience with the queen and to find out why he doesn’t have a name. “Nameless is Blameless” his Aunt always tells him, but maybe there’s more to this mouse than he thinks. Peck continues to delight children’s fiction readers, this time with an adorable mouse. Not as laugh aloud funny as A Year Down Yonder, but still, a we ...more
This book is sure to be a cult classic. "The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail" by Richard Peck is written in im-peck-able style, with a voice children can relate to and a tempo adults will admire. Reading this as a near adult, I caught several little surprises I'm not sure young children would understand, but made it that much more adorable to continue to come back to throughout one's life.

"And another thing about me. My tail. It was regular and standard-issure. Gray. About the right length for
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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