3-Mice Productions have such a neat logo this Darklings just has to be a good book and it doesn’t disappoint. A tale of many mice, the odd rat, and some bats as well, C. D. Davis’ story is filled with excitement, adventure, mystery and romance. The dialog is as deliciously flavored as the names of the characters. And the venues are wonderfully evocative. The author receives a mystery box from a friend. It contains tiny documents, diaries, newspaper clippings and more, all dating from around 1912. And their story tells how the new Contessa d’Asaigo rises from American rags to Italian riches without losing her natural kindness and sense of what is good. Filled with gently amusing names such as Mr. Cheeseworthy, Mr. Fiddlestring and the estimable Mozarella, enhanced with nicely placed footnotes that teach and explain while making the reader smile, and built on finely woven details of opera, transport, architecture and the complex subculture of small well-dressed animals, this tale will take you and your mice on a sea voyage to Venice, into the lofts and onto the roofs of great houses, to the opera house and into the skies. It’s a fast-moving tale, fascinating, fun and delightful. And the classic message of love overcoming misunderstandings and mistrust is beautifully told. Highly recommended for young readers who want a little more, and parents too.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to win a free copy of this book.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
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C. D. Davis has been writing about and illustrating mice and other critters of the night for years to create a world that comes alive with adventure, history, and even a bit of romance. Readers ages 10 and up will find these journeys into this secret realm charming, amusing, and downright exciting. When not “mouse-mongering,” C. D. has worked writing, etc., in the private and public sectors, to include publishing houses in Texas and California. She holds a Master of Arts in History, and Certification from the Arizona State Historical Editing and Publishing Program. Her husband and she live with a pack of terriers near the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona.