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Word of Mouse

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,597 ratings  ·  442 reviews
A very special mouse escapes from a lab to find his missing family in this charming story of survival, determination, and the power of friendship.
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky -- which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right: Isaiah can read and write. He can also talk to humans . . . if an
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company (first published December 1st 2016)
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Sophia Rocha Yeah I did. But it add a good touch to the plot line. :-) :-)
Yeah I did. But it add a good touch to the plot line. :-) :-)
Iris Lane It was a very easy read but I actually really liked it. 👍🏻

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Kate Willis
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I originally picked this book up because I recognized the illustrator and was interested in seeing more of his illustrations.

This ended up being a really cute book with an important message. The story was actually almost like Stuart Little meets Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. ;)

Obadiah was a nice mouse to follow. I enjoyed his adventures with his new family and his quest to free his old one. Hailey was also a neat character, and their friendship proved to be helpful to both of them. Also, Ob
Nikki in Niagara
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson's name may be blazing on the cover and spine but it is because of the co-author, Chris Grabenstein, that I picked up this book. It's a truly delightful animal fantasy with themes of being different, lab use of animals, and the sense of family. I have an affinity for books suitable for the 7-11 age range and this is the perfect sort of book for kids that age ready to move onto a "real" chapter book. Each chapter is 3 to 5 pages long, with the majority of them 4 pages. Each chapter ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Isaiah, an electric blue mouse, escapes from an evil research laboratory but leaves his family behind. He manages to land in a very disorganized house with food all over the place, and a large contingent of resident mice who are glad to take him in. He also makes the acquaintance of a beautiful mouse, Mikayla. Mikayla can sing beautifully, but girl mice are "not allowed" to sing. Isaiah makes his way to a neighboring house as well, and meets Hailey, who learns that Isaiah is highly i
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved everything about brave little blue Isaiah, the mouse escapee from the Lamina Laboratory. He has extraordinary intellect and compassion for others, even his arch enemy the red-tailed hawk's babies. This exciting mouse adventure will appeal to fans of Charlotte's Web and The Tale of Despereaux, (wondrous classic animal stories). The delightful illustrations of Isaiah and his two "mischief" families beautifully depicted in pen and ink are reminiscent of Garth Williams drawings, adding extra ...more
Rachel Wall
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm an adult and I loved this book!!!! ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book will be published in December; I received an ARC a couple of days ago. Chris Grabenstein has done another excellent job of creating a world for kids AND adults. And mice, of course. I look forward to reading this aloud to at least one of my grandchildren. The boys, who are older, should enjoy it on their own--but this is the type of book that they will share with parents (grandparents!) and friends. So much to appeal to their imaginations--mice in rainbow colors, singing mice, life in ...more
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Why am I reading a James Patterson-branded children’s book? The storyline of a special mouse who escapes a laboratory piqued my interest, and I am pleasantly surprised to report that WORD OF MOUSE turned out to be a charming and big-hearted animal adventure.

While there are themes in this story that will be familiar to those who have read other examples of the many mouse-themed children’s novels, it also has a cozy, classic feel, and there are plenty of scenes of derring-do and narrow escapes to
Josh Newhouse
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 16july
Chris and James have done it again! This book I will admit started a little slow oddly enough despite a decent amount of action but once Isaiah reached his new mischief it hit the pedal to the metal! It's like Ms. Frisby crossed with Truckers with a little Ratatouille to boot! And it sets up a sequel beautifully! I could have done without the human friend, who while likable, didn't really add to much to the plot aside from a parallel story... Loved the ending and the main character especially! T ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book at ALA from the publisher.

loved it! fantastic story and art about a talking mouse, his mischief (family) and adventures. stealing mice aside, it has good morals and is suitable for children who can read picture books (7-12ish) or to be read to younger kids. I'll be passing it on to my nephew as a Christmas present in a couple months and would definitely recommend it to others for the kids who love to read in their lives.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute book with a heartwarming moral. Would be a great introduction for slightly older children to teach them about being kind not only to each other, but to all creatures, no matter how small. I really like the way that JP uses five-dollar-words to expand a young reader's vocabulary, but then he goes back to explain what the words mean in a way that is simple to understand. Cannot wait for my daughter to get a little bit older so that she can enjoy this one as much as I did. ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found this book really boring and predictable. Honestly I skimmed through most of the book and got the same idea of what it was about. I'm sure some young child would enjoy this, especially if they liked Stuart Little or Mouse on a Motorcycle, but I just couldn't get into it. Too cliche and force-fed. ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book was awesome! I really enjoyed it. I loved how the mouse, Isaiah, narrated the story. He told of his life from when his brothers and sisters and him tried to escape 'The horrible place' (a lab that tested products on animals) to when he lost his family, and at the end lived a happy life with 2 family's. ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I definitely recommend this book for you. The story is about this mouse that is the youngest of his siblings. One day they escape from their home Isaiah is the only one left in the wilderness Blue-97. Will Isaiah get caught or be able to rescue his siblings?????...
Snazzy Reads
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and one of the best books I've ever read. It's very funny. The part when the main character first started typing made me laugh out loud. I want to reread this already! ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Isaiah, an electric-blue mouse, has escaped from a lab which was doing experiments on his family to make them smarter and faster. Fearful and timid, blundering away from cat and dog and hawk, he finally finds a house of squabbling food-dropping slobs where an entire mischief of mice, hundreds strong, live and forage. The man of this house turns out, coincidentally, to be a janitor at the lab where Isaiah's family remains imprisoned. With the help of a human girl with pure white hair and a female ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was soooo cute! I enjoyed reading it a lot! Hope I can get my hands on more of James Patterson children's books! ...more
Kayla Karangi
This was a great story. Read it! It's just so wholesome an sweet, you won't regret reading this. ...more
Apr 30, 2020 added it
Pretty good, I would say.
April Thompson Freeman
Feb 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
It’s very important to have something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. When you are one very small and very blue mouse, there are dangers like menacing cats, swooping birds, and unfriendly humans everywhere. But there are also new friends, lots to learn and explore, and even a chance to use your special powers to free your mischief (family) from the laboratory where they are being experimented on. Give this fast-paced adventure to readers who liked Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Stuart Little, or Ratscalibur. Or to anyone who likes cheering for main cha ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was provided to me as an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky--which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right--Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has t
Liz Logan
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, humor
I have a confession to make. This is the first James Patterson book I've liked. For a long time, JP books weren't on my radar as I tended to not read his types of novels. I tried one to say I had and just didn't like it.

I received a copy of Word of Mouse through my job as an ARC. It is very cute. The illustrations serve it well, and the quotes from the main character are fun too.

My only complaint is that the story began unexpectedly slowly. Other than that, I enjoyed Isaiah's adventure and his f
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable chapter book for children. Although I read this slowly (it wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down), I still gave this a five star rating. The writing is clever. Word of Mouse is a story of a young girl, Hailey, and her interactions w/ Isaiah, a mouse that escapes from an experimental lab. This book touches upon so many themes such as friendship, overcoming obstacles, team work, and self-confidence. I highly recommend Word of Mouse as a read aloud for grades 2+ or children rea ...more
Jami Dutcher
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable! It teaches that we are all different and unique. It shines a light on animal testing but not in an obnoxious, scary way. It is about adventures, friendship and family. It teaches that family comes in all shapes and sizes and that family is not all about blood relatives but about the people you care about and that care about you. It was wonderful.
Tena Edlin
Rainbow Challenge: Red

Sweet story. I actually think this would make a great read aloud for younger kids because it would extend their vocabulary and it has nice short chapters. Elementary teachers, take note!
First sentence: My story starts on the day I lost my entire family.

Premise/plot: Isaiah is the runt of his mischief. He has 96 older brothers and sisters. As you might have guessed, Isaiah, the hero of Word of Mouse, is a mouse--a blue mouse. The novel opens with his family running from an evil lab. Isaiah gets separated from his family; within hours ALL of his family has been recaptured. But Isaiah learns that there are many ways to define family as the novel unfolds. There's his new mischief w
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This really was a fun and cute tale about being different. Isaiah is a little blue mouse that escapes from a local lab. He and his family were all experimental mice that are smart and talented in so many ways. They have found a way to work together with the hopes of all 97 escaping. Unfortunately for poor Isaiah, he is really the only one to get away. He finds himself on his own in a mysterious world with cats and hawks and scary humans. This is something he would have thought would be overwhelm ...more
Becky Carothers
Apr 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-kids
This was a wonderful read. I have always loved anything by James Patterson but I really do love reading his books for young readers. The illustrations by Joe Sutphin were truly amazing and really enhanced the read.

A blue mouse finds himself free of the Horrible Place (a lab) but alas he is the only one to escape and has to leave behind his many brothers and sisters. On his own Isaiah must find shelter and figure out how to survive on his own. He meets up with another family of mice and starts to
Issac Rodriguez
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Word of Mouse is about Isaiah the mouse who has multiple abilities. Isaiah and his huge family tried to escape this horrible place they had to call home. The night they tried to escape Isaiah got stuck and lost his family. He went to find them but it was too late. They had got captured from the people who had originally tested on them. Isaiah realized he was alone and he would have to fend for himself until his family could escape to reunite with him. This led him to lots of new adventures. I re ...more
A nice story about a sweet little blue mouse named Isaiah. I don't usually mind too much when animals are anthropomorphized, but I noticed from the beginning that Isaiah was highly anthropomorphized, and it was a little off-putting at first. However, I liked the mice characters, the realistic situations Isaiah encountered when in the outside world, and I liked Hailey. I also liked the themes in the story, about how it's okay to be different, and even small things need to be noticed and appreciat ...more
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