The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

By Richard Peck

Jun 13, 2013 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton

Genre: Fiction

Number of pages: 224

What’s the basic story line?

Queen Victoria lives in Buckingham Palace. But behind the walls and under the floorboards live the mice. And for every job a human does, a mouse is doing it too—and better. The smallest mouse in the palace, Mouse Minor, is determined to find out who he really is. “Who were my parents, and what am I meant to do?” he wonders. He sets out on a journey to meet Queen Victoria herself and ask her his questions. In his quest for self-discovery, the tiny mouse journeys to new and exciting worlds.

Are the characters believable?

The characters are definitely believable, especially Mouse Minor. When he's attending the Royal Mews Mouse Academy, he is faced with bullies who pick on him terribly. The author captures bullying very realistically, and makes you want to yell at the bullies to leave Mouse Minor alone. I was able to relate to Mouse Minor throughout the story, and I think other kids will be able to relate to him too.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail a 10 in a heartbeat. It’s fun to see Mouse Minor figure out who he is. (Be on the lookout for a surprising conclusion!) I also like the fact that the author includes historical context for the story. I think animal lovers and anyone looking for a good read will truly enjoy this book.