Book Review: Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage

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Can I just say I love Scholastic Books? I am here with another review of a book, which is a part of a series, which has been published by Scholastic. This time it is the Geronimo Stilton novel – Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage.



Some background before I go ahead. Created and published by Italian author Edizioni Piemme, Geronimo Stilton is a mild mannered mouse novelist who writes adventurous stories, and his sister Thea Stilton is an adventurous journalist who writes for The Rodent Gazette. She occasionally visits her alma mater, Mouseford Academy, for a guest lecture and impresses five little student mouselets so much that they name themselves the Thea Sisters. Although the book is named after Thea Stilton, it actually describes adventures of these five mouselets – Nicky, Colette, Pamela, Paulina, and Violet. All mouselets have distinct personalities, and yet they work well as a team.

First, the story of all the books follow a pattern –  the Thea Sisters send out some form of communication to Thea – email, parcel, and so on – and Thea narrates the relevant adventure to us to audience. The mouselets travel to a place, encounter a mystery, and help the party affected, and everyone lives happily ever after

In Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage, we are taken to Quito, where Paulina’s childhood friend Antonio is the CEO of a chocolate factory, which has risen to fame in a short time, and for the right reasons – their eco-friendly agricultural strategy and the innovative products. And because of this, they are up for an award-related inspection. And… things start to go wrong. Some mysterious occurrences, a long forgotten misunderstanding cleared and some sleuthing – that about covers the climax of this thrilling delicious adventure.

Now, the style. The books are written for audience from 2nd to 4th grade that is, 7 to 10 years of age. For such an audience, the language is really lively with certain words highlighted and “textured” to give them a feeling. This style helps the young readers be more involved with the story and enjoy it – almost giving the book a 3D effect in its own way.

Another thing I loved? The puns and adages are completely mouse-related. What would you say about the phrases like “greasy cat guts!” as an expression of disgust, or “moldy mozzarella” as an expression of surprise? As an adult, I find it adorably amusing, or shall I say, “amousing”. Another interesting twist to language is that the words which end with “mous” are automatically suffixed with an “e”, so that instead of famous, we have famouse. Original, eh?

One last feature of the book that really appealed to me – was the recap of the story midway through the book, keeping in the mind the information retention span of children.

A series of books which has adventure, humor, general knowledge, social message, and a never-say-die attitude – What else can you want in a book for your child? I strongly recommend this series of books for your child.

For more information on this series, and others written by “Geronimo Stilton”, visit the Scholastic website here.