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Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #1: The Discovery of America Hardcover – Aug 18 2009
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“[put] Geronimo squarely on the shelf with comics that are good to you and just happen to be entertaining...extremely colourful" the pages are "dense with panels to keep the action fast-paced...nearly every panel includes intricate background detail.” ―Nathalie Atkinson, LexisNexis News
About the Author
Born in New Mouse City, Mouse Island, Geronimo Stilton is Rattus Emeritus of Mousomorphic Literature and of Neo-Ratonic Comparative Philosophy. He is the director of The Rodent's Gazette, New Mouse City's most widely read daily newspaper.
Stilton was awarded the Ratitzer Prize for his scoops on The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid and The Search for Sunken Treasure. He has also received the Anderson 2001 Prize for Personality of the Year. One of his bestsellers won the 2002 eBook Award for world's best ratling electronic book. In 2006 he won the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and in 2008 he won the Cartoomics prize 'Beyond Comics'. His works have been published all over the globe.
In his spare time, Mr. Stilton collects antique cheese rinds. But what he most enjoys is writing books where he tells his fabmouse adventures!
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My five year old loves Geronimo Stilton books. She is drawn to the eccentric characters and silly (but not gross) humor. The illustrations are quite appealing too. We found this new graphic novel "The Discovery of America" in the library and just had to check it out. My daughter ignored the other "fun" books she'd picked out and plunked herself down with this "educational" one and read it cover to cover, animatedly discussing the funny bits and her own observations on the characters as she read. She enjoyed the book thoroughly and is already after me to find the other graphic novels about Geronimo.
Now on to details of the book itself: The premise here is that Geronimo's friend Professor Volt created a time machine in order to correct time line changes that have been put into motion as a result of a trio of time traveling pirate cats. Geronimo and his friends (Thea, Trap, Benjamin and Pandora) must use the machine to disrupt the evil plans of these cats, and preserve the proper sequence of events. The cats went to Spain in August 1492, so our band of merry mice follow along and join Columbus' crew on the Santa Maria. They have handy dandy earpiece translators which allow them to understand any language, though I do wonder how it also gives them the knowledge to speak in other languages as well! The pirate cats, disguised as rodents, attempt to sabotage Columbus and incite the crew to mutiny. It is only through the joint efforts of our brave mouse friends that the cats are exposed and made to wash dishes in the galley. The ships finally land in San Salvador, and are greeted warmly by the friendly natives. It looks as if they stay for a party and then return to Spain, minus the Santa Maria, which was damaged in a storm. The crew are able to board the other ships and all appear to return from the voyage safely. The bad guy cats escape to their time machine, and Geronimo and his company transport back to New Mouse City and Professor Volt.
The story leaves out most of the bad stuff, but does suggest hardship when rations run short, wind doesn't blow, and fear of the unknown causes problems with the crew.
In the meantime the Pirate Cats had arrived and had squashed themselves into rodent masks. Stilton and his gang would never find them if they didn't use their best detective skills. As they made their way toward the harbor, they followed the fishy trail of the Cats. It was surprising that people actually threw their garbage in the streets way back then. UGH! When they arrived at the ship, they were able to get jobs from the Royal Inspector, who would take down all the details of the voyage. They would soon be "sailing to the Indies." There were clues here and there, but would Stilton's rodents be able to find the Pirate Cats before they altered history forever?
This Geronimo Stilton book about Columbus and his voyage to America on the Santa Maria is a great way to learn history. This is an historical graphic novel at its best and is very interesting. The panels are detailed, very colorful and animated. I liked the added details of small sidebars that give a little bit of extra history for the reader to take in. Details such as the fact they used "sand to make the ship stable" made following Stilton and his gang fascinating. I've found it difficult to say whether or not a young person will be drawn to any particular graphic novel, but there is no doubt in my mind about this one ... it's a winner!
The book was fantastic. It has a mixture of all kinds of different stuff. It had adventure, time traveling, history, culture, it was a really big mixture.
Pretty much what happens is, Geronimo Stilton is having a regular day and he gets a call from the professor to go over to a study immediately. He called up his friends to come along with him, and when they went to the lab, they found out he invented a time machine. And they found out he had made another one, but it was stolen by the pirate cats. They are 2 cats who are supposed to be kings of their island, and their servant.
The king and the servant are both idiots. While the princess is just about the leader of the group. They want to change time so their name is famous. Apparently, they wanted to go back in time and throw off Christopher Columbus travels so they can return back there with another group, so their names will be known for the first ones to discover America.
Geronimo and his friends dress like locals and they go on the boat - the Santa Maria. The rest you may find out as you read the book.
The drawings and illustrations are just about perfect, everything can tell you where what and when it happened. They make more books of these and I have almost collected almost every last one of them and I love every one of them.
You should really read the next book "The Secret of the Sphinx".