Secrets at Sea
And so begins the scamper of their lives as Helena, her siblings, a ...more
Besides, it is just an incredibly adorable read. That alone was enough for me to pick it up. I enjoy Peck's children's books immensely, at least the ones I have read so far. (less)
Reviewed from an ARC.
4.5 Stars—4.5 tending towards 5 stars (so, I'll give it a 5)! I know what you’re thinking—I’ve wondered about it myself: What’s this crank doing reading a children’s book—a GENRE-children’s book at that? I can tell you, and I will: when a friend sends you an ARC of a Richard Peck book, and if you’ve made your living working with children’s books, AND did I mention it was a Richard Peck book (?)—well Goodreaders, you stop what you’re doing, pick up the Peck (alliteration is...more
A cast of talking mice whose actions and living conditions are completely believable and are in tune with children’s fantasy play; a twisting, surprising, and humorous upstairs/downstairs comedy that involves Royalty and seafaring; the perennial favorite plot progression allowing the lower class main characters go up the social ladder due to good luck and ...more
—Secrets at Sea, P. 171
Richard Peck not only has good moments as a writer, he's a terrific public speaker, as well. At the same time I was closing in on the end of Secrets at Sea, I was privileged to attend a live bookstore event for the Newbery Medalist, and few authors I've met come across more convincingly or forcefully than Richard Peck, all in an introspe ...more
2019 - I picked this up from the library and it took me a chapter or so to realise it was very familiar: I'd read it only 18 months ago. But the book is so delightfully written it was a joy to read it again. I don't think it's really intended as a children's book: there are far to many sly references to things that will go over the heads of most kids, and the style ...more
The Cranston mice, watched over by big sister Helena, live with the Cranston family. When the family decides they must sail to E ...more
Instead, compare this to Margery Sharp's immortal "Miss Bianca" who was served so badly by Disney's crappy film of The Rescuers. Here too is humor,wit and adventure. Not as pithy as Sharp, but well d ...more
This was a really fun story, and had a lot of historical detail, even though it was about mice.
I enjoy stories about really tiny things, like The Borrowers, Beatrix Potter's story, and such, and this one was really funny and also had a good ending.
This is how you hold onto your family. You hold them with open hands so they are free to find futures of their own. It's just that simple
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the amazing aspect of it as many of you who read and reviewed it here in Goodreads.
It was a plain read nothing special. Maybe suitable for the young princesses but I don’t know if I will recommend it or not.
This is a charming historical novel about mice, and that’s a phrase I’ve never written before. It stars mice siblings in fact, and the oldest sister Helena, like every good eldest sister, is in charge and, naturally, the narrator. Most of the story takes place during a trans-Atlantic crossing aboard a great ocean liner due to reach England in time for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee ...more
This book brought back memories of childhood. I went through this phase where I’d only (or at least mainly) read books about animals and I guess there’s a part of me that always will love stories of this nature. I would have adored this book even more as kid and I almost wish it had been around ten or so years ago. The truth is we never really know what animals think or do when we’re not looking and I’m always interested in stories that play on this concept.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that th ...more
For the audio, the narrator was only okay, I thought, and and didn't have an inviting reading voice.
I could only ...more
3rd grade and up.
This book is entirely silly but oh so enjoyable! Richard Peck had me laughing all the way through this story which is told by a mouse named Helena... she is the oldest (as she likes to brag), her two sisters Beatrice and Louise, and their brother Lamont.
"Curiosity killed the cat," I called out to her. This is one of my favorite sayings.
It reminded me a lot of The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. I don't know why ...more