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Mouse Guard by David Petersen
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Sep 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphicnovel, j

This series always leaves me wanting more. It's a fabulously developed mythology of an animal society, complete with maps, legends, chapters, and more. We follow the adventures of a group of guard mice who patrol the wilds between mice cities. They wear clothing (varied by city), fight battles, brew potions, decorate living spaces, and more. I really love Petersen's landscapes - just looking at the pictures is a feast for the eyes.
The one thing I struggle with for kids is it doesn't fit in my traditional boxes for readers. The mice, though tough and stuff, have really large heads and ears, which to my eyes look overly cute for the roughbattle audience this kind of saga could attract. It fits right into the Redwall genre, but with the square format and the cuteness factor, I wonder if it scares those readers away a bit. And the mythology is truely dense and some of the violence is a bit scary for the Owly set. So, I'll continue to plug it, but mostly depend on enjoying it for myself.

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