Format: Paperback ARC
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Fantasy/Animal fiction
What did you like about the book? This is the continuing adventure story of Mona the mouse and the residents of Heartwood Hotel which began in A True Home. The winter hibernating guests have arrived at the hotel. The feast of St. Slumber has all the staff sitting around the table opening their gifts. Mona is overwhelmed especially because she did not know about it, not getting gifts for anyone. Duchess Hazeline, a beautiful rich rabbit, rabbit appears; Mona is put in charge of preparing her room. The Duchess demands that the carpet in the foyer be brought to her room. It is ruined when she gets angry but Mona now knows what her gift can be: she will make a new rug for the hotel. The intrigue thickens when food begins to disappear from the pantry and soon there is nothing left. Mona discovers that a rat has been taking it to feed the orphans in his care so she brings them all to the Hotel. What will happen now with no food and so many mouths to feed? This is a sweet story filled with kindly characters. Mona is a true and modest heroine. As this was an arc, I did not see the illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, which I’m sure, will enhance the story even more.
Anything you did not like about this book? Perfect.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a fast-moving book that flows beautiful. Give it to children who like reading and appreciate a good animal fantasy.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 5/22/2017