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Timeless cheese sticks! Professor Maximilian Mousemover just arrived in Muskrat City ... in a time machine! Tony Sludge's great-great-grandfather Butch Sludge is visiting from the past too, and he's up to no good. The Heromice must travel through time to save the rodents of the past - and the future - from the Sewer Rats.
Nothing is impossible for Geronimo Superstilton! He helps watch over Muskrat City, ready to fight evil at all costs. He is strong ... he is invincible ... he is fearless! (Well, almost.) He is one of the Heromice!
Mr Seven was very happy to see this title as he has already read "Flood Mission" and "The Invisible Thief" in the same series, so he knew what to expect. He told me that the Heromice are a little bit like the Avengers or the Justice League because they band together to sort the baddies out. After reading the book myself I would have to agree with him; all of Geronimo Superstilton's partners have a special power, and together they are a force to be reckoned with.
Before I had finished writing the review, Mr Seven had started reading the book himself and was so engrossed in it that I had to interrupt him when I needed to look at it too. He understands the functions of a time machine and so he could not wait to see what would happen to Geronimo and his friends. We looked at the pictures and he said it looked as though they were of the olden days so the story would probably involve going back in time to when Muskrat City was still known as Muskrat Town.
At the start of the book, Geronimo Stilton is a newspapermouse (just like Clark Kent who is a human reporter!) and he has been assigned to cover the big game between the Parmesan City Pawbreakers and the Fabumouse Furbusters. It is very cold so he is prepared with his padded hat, and warm scarf, and a thermos of cocoa when he arrives. No such luck! He is promptly called away for an emergency. He has to change into his secret identity as Superstilton which he is reluctant to do - he had been looking forward to watching the game.
Geronimo is not sure how to control his magic powers and is permanently surprised when they kick in, but somehow he seems able to emerge from all his scrapes without being a loser. His assistants, the Heromice, are similarly the most unlikely heroes of all! He has lots of supporters on the team - Swiftpaws and Lady Wonderwhiskers in particular as they always have his back. They are introduced at the very start of the book which is useful because, unlike Mr Seven, I was being introduced to the series for the first time.
I cannot end without quoting a passage from the book which is similar to something Mr Seven and I often say to each other. If he says "Say Pardon me" I respond "Pardon you!" This makes both of us laugh as we can spin the game out for a long time, mixing up the pronouns and playing with the words. Towards the end of this book, Superstilton gets tongue-tied and says "Um, yes, thank me, I mean, thank you, er, not me..." This made both me and Mister Seven laugh with amazement. As Swiftpaws would say, "Oh, supersonic space cheese!"
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