Reminiscent of Stuart Little and the Tale of Despereaux, The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) is the story of the smallest mouse in London's Royal Mews, a mouse whose very existence is a mystery. He doesn't know his name or who his parents are, but his Aunt Marigold sews him a uniform and sends him off to be educated. At school he is called "Mouse Minor" because he is so small, but he doesn't make a good student. As one mishap leads to another, Mouse Minor finds himself running for his life. He figures that he may be able to get some answers from Queen Victoria, since she is all-knowing, but only if she can communicate with mice.
Follow the adventures of "Mouse Minor" as he searches for answers, safety, and his identity, and you will enjoy some interesting surprises, some fun twists and turns, and pick up a few impressive vocabulary words along the way! I enjoyed this story, even though I do not usually enjoy this type of animal fantasy, and I think anyone who enjoys a good story about someone searching for the meaning of their life will certainly enjoy this book. (224 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.