Why did I read it: I haven’t been in the mood for much of anything at all lately, but I was pretty excited about the new Geronimo Stilton book. I remain completely unashamed of my Geronimo Stilton addiction.
How I would rate it: 5 out of 5 stars.
When my friend Petunia Pretty Paws gave me a crystal figurine of a boat as a gift, I had to accept it. After all, I have the biggest crush on Petunia! But oh, was that crystal boat ugly! So I wasn’t too sad when my cousin Trap accidentally broke it, especially when I discovered a piece of paper inside with a mysterious message from someone in Venice, Italy, asking for help! A gentlemouse never ignores a request for assistance. So I, Geronimo Stilton, would do whatever it took to save the day!
Review: In Geronimo’s 48th adventure, he ends up in Venice and attempts to help out a mouse in trouble while failing to learn to be a glassblower’s apprentice. There’s plenty of humor and adventure as Geronimo handles both unrequited, irritating love and a bet which requires him to enter an annual rowing contest called the Regatta delle Befane. Thankfully his family and friends come to the aid of the party, and everyone ends up just fine plus or minus a few crystal boats, but that’s just as well.
I just cannot imagine finding fault with this series on any level. Even though there’s a bit of a formula to them in that Geronimo is bound to deal with a series of whacky misadventures before ultimately ending up happy with friends, I think that’s more a cause for celebration than cynical nit-picking. I consider the half an hour I spent reading Mystery in Venice on Friday to have been the highlight of a rather dismal week, and you better believe I am putting a request in for Geronimo Stilton #49: The Way of the Samurai ASAP.
In conclusion, wonderful.