Reviews for Time Stops for No Mouse : A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 March 2002
/*Starred Review*/ Gr. 6-9, younger for reading aloud. Originally self-published in 2000, this is a fur-raising mystery that will delight fantasy lovers. The watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq, a wonderfully pompous older mouse, becomes totally infatuated with Linka Perflinger, a noted "adventuress, daredevil, and aviatrix," when she brings her watch into his shop for repair. But then she doesn't return to pick up the valuable timepiece, and Hermux is certain that she has met with foul play. After a fruitless trip to the police station to report her missing, Hermux decides to search for Ms. Perflinger himself. His adventures introduce readers to a memorable group of animal characters: Pup Schoonagliffen, mole reporter; Mirrin, Hermux's blind mouse friend; Tucka Mertslin, cosmetics tycoon mouse about to launch the Millennium Line of eternal youth products; Dr. Hiril Mennus, mole researcher and the villain of the story; and a large cast of chipmunks, beavers, squirrels, and evil rats. Hermux's underground universe works on several levels. Strongly attached to the human, it alludes effectively and humorously to all things rodent, and yet it is a charming, alternate world unto itself. The book is structured as tongue-in-cheek Dickens, and its short chapters with suspenseful endings make it a natural for reading aloud, especially to fans of such classics as Stuart Little and Brian Jacques' Redwall series. ((Reviewed March 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall
Hermux Tantamoq is perfectly content with his quiet, predictable life as a bachelor mouse watchmaker until the captivating adventuress Linka Perflinger brings her watch to his shop. When she fails to return for it, he decides to investigate. Hermux, a likable mouse and an unlikely sleuth, is a fresh new character, and readers will cheer him on as he steps out of his orderly life into an extraordinary adventure. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2002 #4
First published in paperback by Terfle Books in 2000. Hermux Tantamoq is perfectly content with his quiet, predictable life as a bachelor mouse watchmaker until the captivating adventuress Linka Perflinger brings her watch to his shop, desperate that it be repaired quickly. When she fails to return for it, Hermux decides to investigate. With the assistance of a new friend, a scrappy newspaper reporter, he goes undercover at a health spa, where he believes Linka is being held prisoner. Except for the flurry of action at the climax, the story proceeds at a deliberate pace that reflects Hermux's ordered, methodical lifestyle; extremely short chapters make the book very easy to read. Detailed descriptions of the mouse's dapper wardrobe, his daily routines, his cozy apartment, his comfort snacks, and the care he gives to his pet ladybug help create a full picture of his world. A major part of the plot involves Hermux's neighbor, the self-centered and flamboyant cosmetics tycoon Tucka Mertslin. Tucka's passion for cutting-edge art, high style, and youthful looks places her at odds with Hermux and right in the middle of the villain's sinister plan, which revolves around a secret formula for eternal youth. Hermux, a likable mouse and an unlikely sleuth, is a fresh new character, and readers will cheer him on as he steps out of his orderly life into an extraordinary adventure. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 September #3
Michael Hoeye's Hermux Tantamoq Adventure series is now being published by Putnam. The first title, Time Stops for No Mouse, introduced the watchmaking mouse, Hermux Tantamoq, his pet ladybug, Terfle, and his crush, aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger. In the second episode, The Sands of Time, Mayor Hooster Pinkwiggin vows to close Mirrin Stentrill's art exhibit when he learns it features felines-a taboo subject in the rodent town of Pinchester. PW said the author's "galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages rapidly turning." Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2002 May
Gr 5-8-A delightful look into the life of Hermux Tantamoq. This no-nonsense mouse is a watchmaker by profession, and leads a simple life. Everything changes when he meets Ms. Linka Perflinger, adventuress. She needs her watch repaired, but then mysteriously disappears. Mr. Tantamoq begins to question her absence, mostly out of infatuation, but also out of a growing sense of responsibility for her welfare. As more diabolical elements begin to fall into place, he becomes more concerned with the fate of everyone living in the city of Pinchester, including himself. Hoeye tells a good tale in the style of Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel) or Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971). Suspense and fantasy are intertwined in this story, which once started is difficult to put down. Hoeye mixes an interesting cast of characters with a multileveled story that will keep readers' attention from beginning to end.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2002 June
Gentleman, watchmaker, and mouse, Hermux Tantamoq has a passion for precision and routine. A gentle soul, he is an observer of life, thankful for the small, ordinary things-donuts, hot tea, flannel shirts, and his pet ladybug, Terfle. His peaceful life is turned upside down when dashing, daredevil aviatrix Linka Perflinger rushes into his shop with a broken watch and quickly steals his heart. A week passes, and the adventuress does not return for her watch. Instead, a tall, gray rat with a long, narrow face and sharp tongue tries to retrieve it. Tantamoq finds himself up to his whiskers in deception and intrigue. Earnest and inquisitive, Tantamoq tangles with nasty neighbor and cosmetics tycoon, Tucka Mertslin; gets caught up with the sinister plastic surgeon, Dr. Mennus, founder of The Last Resort health spa; and stumbles upon a trail of clues that leads to the fountain of youth. Will the intrepid furry sleuth find Ms. Perflinger in time? Will he discover real beauty and love? The snappy, sophisticated writing makes this adventure a delight from start to finish. The city of Pinchester comes alive brilliantly with its multispecies population of rats, mice, gophers, and other small furry folk and evokes an almost Edwardian sense of place-despite Mertslin's very modern airs. Hoeye's novel is a delightful romp for imaginative readers and fantasy fans. The second book in the Hermux Tantamoq Adventure series, The Sands of Time (Terfle, 2001) is available in paperback.-Marian Rafal. 5Q 4P M J S Copyright 2002 Voya Reviews

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