I really enjoyed this story. I’ve been cramming so much reading through my feeble brain lately that I’ve become quite ruthless regarding whether a story is boring or not. This one is not.
I was somehow emotionally connected with dead rodents and rooting them on until the end. Plus, the end wasn’t completely predictable, which is great. I mean, of course, the hero saves the day, but there’s a twist. Fun and unusual characters, creative settings where children don’t often get taken in books, plenty of gross-out humor, and a bit of mythology. I would love to see this on the shelf or even on the screen. I kept picturing Nightmare Before Christmas-ish animation. This book is definitely marketable to boys and girls, and I’ve read lots of agents’ blogs asking for literature for boys.
Now, I want to go back through my notes and make sure I meant every one of them. This is my first manuscript-long critique, so I’m really anxious to see what she expected compared to what I’m delivering.