The Thea Sisters are five students at Mouseford Academy on Whale Island. They are adventurous, lively, fun mice and they want to become journalists someday. Between lessons and friendship, life at Mouseford Academy is incredibly fabumouse!
Drama at Mouseford
To celebrate Mouseford Academy's 600th anniversary, the headamaster and teachers decide to stage a performance of William Squeakspeare's famouse play Mousea and Juliet! The Thea Sisters all want the part of Juliet, but so does there vival, Ruby Flashyfur. Who will be the star of the show?
My Miss Six and Miss Seven are keen dancers and they perform every year so I thought this latest Thea Stilton might appeal to them. I was right. Miss Seven had commandeered the Mouseford Academy; Drama at Mouseford book the moment she saw it next to the computer. She read it that night and declared it to be very good! She said that she enjoyed the story and how the nice girls won in the end because it wasn't good to be mean. So I guess the moral of the story was clear.
The story isn't as exciting as the previous Thea Stilton books we have read and doesn't have all the clue boxes and information points but is a good introduction to Romeo and Juliet and William Shakespeare. I found the story a little plain and predictable but my Misses enjoyed it so it was itched at the right level I guess as they are the intended audience. Miss Seven wanted to know if there would be more Mouseford Academy books and I am sure there will be! This book, as with the other Stilton books, has colourful illustrations and lots of different font, type and colour in the text to keep you visually stimulated.
I wouldn't rate this as one of the best Thea Stilton books I have read but it is a slightly different series "Mouseford Academy" so possibly can't have all the excitement of previous Thea Sisters adventures around the globe. Miss Seven enjoyed it and is keen to read more so it has appealed to her. I would say that it is a good book for girls aged about 6 and up though they may need some help at this age if reading to themselves with some of the more difficult words.
This book didn't have the same sort of pace or excitement as the last one I read - it was flat and really didn't give any oomph.
Mouseford Accadamy is turning 600, and to celebrate they decide to honour there most famous student William Squeakspeare and perform Mousea and Juliet!
While still very clever, using mouse terms whenever they could - A Midsummer Night's Cheese, Much Ado About Cheddar, Rodent III the story itself seemed to be lacking something. I was actually excited to hear about the play Mousea and Juliet but instead the book is purely about the audition process. They briefly touch on the fact its about two families who make different cheese Blue and Mozzarella the children fall in love and run away to open a cheese shop with no mention if they live or die. Once they positions were allocated you skip a head to opening night and then its finished. It seemed rushed as if the writer had run out of ideas and just decided to finish it.
There is the funky font again but this time the words were a little harder and so my five year old gave up trying to read them and instead lied there and just listened. My youngest was not involved at all this time and instead played happily on the ground next to us while I just read to her sister. The end shows a graphic of the school which was probably the most excited either of them got - they enjoyed finding out what each number represented.
It has not detered either of them though, they both can't wait to read another book. They are enjoying the Thea Sisters and I have to admit so am I. I find the reading extremely fun to read and love the pictures throughout the book, they are very well done. I also loved the rainbow text this time. The story itself is perfect for someone who has just learnt how to read by themselves or a good night story for the family.
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