The Race Against Time: The Third Journey through Time

Written by Geronimo Stilton
Review by Arleigh Johnson

Third in Geronimo Stilton’s Journey through Time series, this story finds Geronimo and his gang on another adventure: this time to the prehistoric era, ancient Greece, and the Renaissance. Geronimo is a nervous mouse, shy and quiet, but always seems to find trouble, especially with his annoying and inconsiderate cousin, Trap, in tow. Trap, however, has a knack for easing into any society with friendly manners and clever ruses, and thus is a valuable asset to the team. Geronimo’s resourceful sister, Theo, helpful nephew, Benjamin, and friend, little Bugsy Wugsy, complete the time-traveling set appointed by the scientist Paws Von Volt.

With plenty of cheese references, the eager mice start in the land of mammoths and cavemen, easily blending in with a generous offering that saves the day. They brave a stampede and other beasts, learning all about living in the wild and harsh landscape. Next they travel to Greece, where they meet great philosophers and Geronimo tries his pen with a playwriting competition. Last on their agenda is the Renaissance, where they find themselves in Italy in the company of none other than Leonardo da Vinci. All three eras are a good deal of time apart, and so not confusing to young readers.

This miniature hardcover book fits easily into small hands, and has a binding that allows it to lie flat. It contains highly detailed illustrations on every page, including the use of various fonts in an array of colors. Also included are footnotes, quizzes, crafts, activities and games. A full list of all available Geronimo Stilton books is represented in full color. This is a wonderful adventure, while also teaching a good deal about history, and is recommended for kids who love epic journeys and funny, animal characters. Ages 7 – 10.