Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
Reviewed: June 11, 2004
By: "Geronimo Stilton"
Publisher: Scholastic Books
116 pages, $8.99
The press package for the adventures of Geronimo Stilton is
truly impressive. It included the first four books of what
Scholastic intends to be a monthly series, a copy of
The Rodent's Gazette, where Geronimo is the
editor, numerous press releases by GS, and a little poster
showing all of the 33 major players in the series.
There's a little bit of real information about the series as
well. It seems to have originated in Italy, and Scholastic is
obviously hoping it does as well here as it has in the 180
other countries (and 30 languages) in which it has already
In the first adventure Geronimo, who complains quite a lot,
and is a reluctant hero, is enlisted by his sister, Thea, to
go off on a treasure hunt to a mysterious island. Their
adventures on sea and land are a chronicle of disaster and
quite a bit of fun. Naturally,things do not work out quite the
way they had hoped.
These are chapter books for younger readers. They are
liberally illustrated, but not in the usual fashion. The text
uses a lot of typographical tricks to enliven the narrative
and there are illustrations of some sort on just about every
Young fans will enjoy the maps, the cutaway layouts of
important buildings, and the illusion of visiting the land of
Mouse Island, with all its cheesy place names and eccentric
The other three books in the package were The Curse
of the Cheese Pyramid, Cat and Mouse in a Haunted
House, and I'm Too fond of my Fur. There are many
more to come.