MOUSENET and its sequel MOUSEMOBILE (published October 1st, 2013) are books for children 8 – 12. They tell how mice evolved into a species just as smart as humans, and are now using those smarts to slow down the rate of climate change.
It all began when mice watched young geeks working in Silicon Valley, and found after a few months that they had learned how to operate computers themselves. These mice told their friends, who told their friends, and soon mice throughout the land could e-mail each other, and write opinions in mouse blogs, and check facts in Whiskerpedia, and take on-line courses on nutrition and safety and human behavior and world events.
But using human computers was a pain. The mice desperately needed a computer their size, one they could use behind the walls. The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, launched a search–and a clan in Cleveland, Ohio, reported the great news: an inventor and his ten-year-old niece had just made the world’s smallest computer.
And the rest is history.
Here’s what they say about MOUSENET:
“Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends—not to mention political allies.“ Kirkus Book Reviews
See full review here.
And from the Kirkus review of MOUSEMOBILE:
“Charming sequel to Mousenet . . .Mouse Nation’s efficient, rational society, from Mouse Sign Language to legal proceedings, remains enchantingly believable. Closing the book, readers may wonder: Will these mice return, and can they really stop climate change? They will hope so.”
Illustrations copyright © 2011 and © 2013
by Stephanie Yue