Geronimo Stilton #10: Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics came out last summer. I requested this title because Kyle has enjoyed the regular Geronimo Stilton books and the graphic novels, so I thought it would give me a good chance to see what they were all about.
But here’s the thing I have to remind myself when I get in these situations — I am not the target audience.
These are very popular books and any book that is reasonably well-written that kids want to read works for me. I was a little lost. I don’t know if it’s the graphic novel format, which I’ve decided is not my favorite, or coming in 10 books into a series. But then I asked Kyle my 3rd grader for more information, and some of the wacky plot points did seem to make a bit more sense.
Apparently, in the Graphic Novel series produced by Papercutz, Geronimo Stilton is not only a newspaper reporter, but a time-traveler who is trying to defeat the Pirate Cats to save history. This one obviously deals with Ancient Greece.
Kyle also noted that history teachers would probably like these books, but assured me that they still aren’t boring.
Geronimo Stilton #11: We’ll Always Have Paris was interesting to me, because it’s about Paris. Who doesn’t love Paris? In this installment, Geronimo and his friends are trying to save the Eiffel Tower. Facts about the builder and the process of the Eiffel Tower make it pretty entertaining, especially to those interested in monuments or construction.
Kyle did say that you don’t have to read these in order, but that it probably would be helpful if you read the first one, The Discovery of America (Geronimo Stilton #1). Having come in on the 10th one, I agree with him, because I didn’t quite understand the time-traveling angle.
Many popular books are being republished and created as graphic novels, and I love that. It gives reluctant readers the chance to delve into books — perhaps a little less reluctantly — but what I’ve found for my kids, who do like to read, is that they also love these, as a different type of reading, the dessert, if you will.
But what I like about these books even better is that the stories are completely new. They aren’t rehashed plots from the series that your kids might have already read. As nice hardbacks, and colorful comics, I also think that these would make fantastic gifts for 7 – 11 year olds in your life.
Jennifer has always enjoyed sharing books with her daughter, now 14, but is excited about more middle-grade doors opening up between her and her 8-year-old son Kyle. She has wonderful intentions for her blog Snapshot.