I guess I expected this book to be somewhat like the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques, or like the movie “The Secret of NIMH” –  but it isn’t. There is very little dialogue and a fairly boring plot. Yet, this is part 1 of a 6 issue mini-series! The only excuse I can think of for the author to continue writing sequels to this book is to showcase his art work.

Because… the art  is beautiful-very detailed and colorful!  I love it!

The plot: A group of mice that patrol the borders of their towns and find safe paths for their kind to travel back and forth discover a scheme by an evil mouse to overthrow them. There are many scenes of mice fighting each other with little swords. The “bad mice” wear black hoods. Yawn.

It is evident that the author has spent a great deal of time, and given a lot of thought in building this imaginary world of mice.  At the back of this book are maps of their villages and drawings of the objects they use in the story – sort of a compendium of “all things pertaining to Mouse Territory.”  It’s great!

The mice, of course, walk upright on their hind legs, wear clothes and live in houses – though nothing as cozy or cute as pictured in “Brambly Hedge” by Jill Barklem. I did adore the little seaside cottage and the full nine (9) pages that followed, which were dedicated to mice fighting off giant crabs!

I think David Petersen should forget about writing books and just illustrate them for others – because THIS is where his talent lays. He is an artist!



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2 thoughts on “Mouse Guard by David Petersen

  1. I disagree. I think the story is pretty solid when considering stories such as Redwall, where the villains are very cookie cutter and stereotypical. David Peterson creates a world that feels lived in.

    I agree that his level of detail in his art is wonderful and in general his art is of the highest quality, but I think he puts that same level of detail into the story. The mythology regarding the Black Axe alone is better than most stories of the same caliber.

    For a fantasy story using anthropomorphic critters, I think Mouseguard leads the pack. Have you ever read Mice Templar? That story is very similar (and good) but I prefer Mouseguard.

    Agree to disagree, I guess!

  2. I think the feelings people have about writing are similar to the way they feel about art and music. What one person adores, another abhors. It’s just a matter of what you like – or what appeals to you. Luckily, we have lots to choose from! I’ve not read Mice Templar, but I’ll be looking it up now for sure.

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