A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E by Penny Dolan

Hey guys! Maymunah here! ?

My next review is going to be about A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E by Penny Dolan. My sister brought it home from the library and I had absolutely nothing to do so I decided to give it a shot.

I read the first sentence and put it down. This was while she was reading it and after asking why I didn’t like it, I just plainly said I didn’t like the writing style. So that was that.

But a week later, I found myself with again nothing to do so I tried again. And I really, really liked it!

The story follows Mouse, a young boy under the care of his nurse Hanny, when he is sent away by a man called Buttons to a horrible boarding school, where eventually he is made a kitchen drudge. He escapes and tries to find Hanny and ultimately a home.

Written in different persons, this book has many different stories taking place at once. For example, there is Albert and Adeline, Mouse’s real parents who have been lost at sea and return to find their son missing. There is Buttons, the cruel, greedy lawyer who is trying to exploit as many people as possible to get money out of them. Then there are Epsilon and Scrope, the boy’s uncaring grandfather and equally uncaring uncle respectively. Plus there are lots of other characters who are pretty important to Mouse’s life.

My opinion on this? The easiest way to explain this is like The Lion King and A Little Princess mixed up. It was definitely very interesting and for me, a constant mystery was the title, where Mouse’s name was written as M.O.U.S.E. What was the reason?

Well, that might have been the only reason I decided to try it in the first place. But I’m so glad I did! I’d recommend this book for kids from 11+, because they’d be most likely to enjoy this kind of book.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E cover

About the Author

Maymunah Azad is a 15 year old author living in Derbyshire. She enjoys reading, writing and being a general geek!
You can find more about her at www.daimbycity.com

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