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The heroic adventure of Hercules Amsterdam, Melissa Glenn Haber

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The heroic adventure of Hercules Amsterdam
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The heroic adventure of Hercules Amsterdam
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Melissa Glenn Haber
Title variation
Hercules Amsterdam
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Language
eng
Summary
A human boy, just three inches tall, finds a home and happiness in a mouse city until he learns of an ancient threat and goes on a dangerous quest to save the city, assisted by old friends and new
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Review
  • Gr 4-6 –Hercules Amsterdam is afraid of cats, dogs, and even other boys, because he is only three inches tall. His normal-sized parents have kept him safe at home for his first 10 years, but now they have decided to send him to school. On the day of registration, Hercules hides in a mouse hole in his wall and ends up in a hidden city. He makes friends with the mice, finds that he can speak and understand mouse-squeak, and is soon caught up in their daily routines. When Hercules discovers other ruined and deserted cities within the walls, the mice refuse to talk. Finally, the chief Steward of the scrolls tells him the awful truth. Rats periodically attack and destroy the mouse cities and the inhabitants must run for their lives. The boy realizes that the next attack is imminent and, with the help of the only mouse willing to confront the threat, he consults the fairy Kitty Joas for help. Her juminy juminy pills enable Hercules to venture outside the walls in normal human size and enlist the help of a girl who then joins him on the quest within the walls to keep the city safe forever. No explanation is given for the many fantastical imaginings in this story, from talking mice to conniving ants, or even how Hercules can disappear for over a year and not wonder if his parents are missing him. Readers who are willing to accept all that and more will find Hercules and his fellow adventurers to be interesting, multifaceted characters with a very unusual story to tell. Try this on dedicated fantasy fans.–Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA --Susan L. Rogers (Reviewed June 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 6, p142)
  • /* Starred Review */ Readers might hear distant echoes of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Borrowers in this inventive fantasy, Haber's debut. Hercules, a 10-year-old boy, is "not much taller than a mouse would be if it stood on its hind legs." Hercules spends his days teaching himself from library books and listening to the squeakings of the mice who live in his bedroom wall, gradually coming to understand their language. Terrified that his mother will make him attend school (he's observed the cruelty of the students), Hercules slips through the mouse hole behind his bookcase and discovers a placid rodent city constantly lit by a sun made of cheese, where content residents fill their time playing and eating "mice cream" in outdoor cafes. Hercules is truly happy for the first time in his life; everything is perfectly scaled to his size and—best of all—there is no unkindness. But when he stumbles upon the burned-out remains of an identical mouse city, Hercules realizes that all is not idyllic in this world within the walls, and he vows to save his oblivious mouse friends from a similar fate. Taking creative liberties with the concepts of space and time, Haber reveals the multilayered challenge—and frightening villains—that the diminutive hero faces. Memorable characters include a wish-granting fairy who lives in the distant future and a gutsy, tart-tongued girl who sprinkles her conversations with bumbled aphorisms and literary allusions. A clever, satisfying saga. Ages 9-13. (June) --Staff (Reviewed June 30, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 26, p79)
  • Haber turns Stuart Little inside out for an inventive, tongue-in-cheek children's debut. Ten years old and three inches high, Hercules escapes cats and other dangers, real or imagined, by going through a mouse hole, and discovers beneath his apartment floor an entire tiny town, lit by magically glowing cheese and populated by peaceful, generous, live-for-the-moment mice. Ever studious (" . . . he wanted to be safe at home, curled up on the pages of a good book"), Hercules soon learns from the town chronicles that the mice are massacred at regular intervals by savage rats; searching for a way to break this ugly cycle without causing more killing takes him from the dusty ruins of former mouse towns to the hidden realm of small but powerful sorceresses. With help from mouse and human allies, he holds off the unspeakably brutal rats long enough for the mice to escape, then returns, now magically full-sized, to his own world. A quirky but engaging disquisition on number systems (most mice can't count past three) closes this witty, well-told beneath-the-floorboards adventure. (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
124942
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Haber, Melissa Glenn
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
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MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Size perception
  • Mice
  • Individuality
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The heroic adventure of Hercules Amsterdam, Melissa Glenn Haber
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780525471196
Lccn
2002040808
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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9780525471196
Label
The heroic adventure of Hercules Amsterdam, Melissa Glenn Haber
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780525471196
Lccn
2002040808
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780525471196

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