Jesper Jinx and the Mouse Mayhem is the seventh book in the Jesper Jinx series written by Marko Kitti (aka The Silly Old Scribbler). If you haven’t read any of the previous books (it may be that everybody that has signed the Secrecy Agreement before reading is abiding by the document or you have been in a bookshop in a while, either way you are missing some great stories), Jesper is the world’s unluckiest (or luckiest depending on your point of view) prankster. He lives in Puffington Hill, on the south coast of England and is 11 years old.
I mentioned earlier about the existence of a Secrecy Agreement, this is an important document that readers MUST sign before reading a Jesper Jinx book. By signing you are agreeing not to let Jesper know about these books as he told the author the stories in confidence. Breaking the agreement and letting Jesper find out will see no more books being written and we will miss out on Jesper’s pranks.
Now on to the Book: Jesper Jinx and the Mouse Mayhem.
In the Mouse Mayhem it appears the town of Puffington Hill in jinxed rather than Jesper himself this time around (although you can guarantee that Jesper is involved somewhere). It starts with Jesper’s visit to Mr Magee’s Exotic Pet Shop with his dad where Jesper purchases 2 Norwegian Warrior Mice. No problem there, but these mice are also pranksters, so when Jesper takes them to school to show his best friend, Oliver, things are about to go horribly wrong.
We see scared and screaming schoolgirls, terrified dinner ladies, explosions, car crashes, flying squirrels and pranks such as the Homework Vanisher and the Laundry Monster!
Overall, I enjoyed this book as is fun-filled and funny (although I didn’t think it was as good as previous books, probably as it didn’t feature a lot of Jesper’s pranks going wrong). It is written as one story of a 24-hour period in Jesper’s life. in two parts; part one from Jesper’s perspective and the second part from eye witnesses to the chaos that followed.
It ends with a questionnaire to fill in to try and find out if Jesper can be held responsible for the events that occurred.
It is a fun story that children aged 7+ (and fun-loving adults) will enjoy. It engages the reader and gets them involved with the story – firstly by having to sign the Secrecy Agreement and becoming a conspirator in the story and secondly by having to fill in a questionnaire to determine Jesper’s responsibility in the events that happened in Puffington Hill on that day.
For me, it wasn’t as good as previous books but still a fun and humours read. I’m looking forward to book eight in the series.
RRP: £5.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.
For more information about Jesper Jinx and the series visit jesperjinx.com.