7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2001
The vicar goes off on his Summer holidays, and is replaced by a hip new curate who looks like a '70s uni student. He does yoga, makes a number of disturbingly hip changes to the old vestry, employs a rock band to accompany the choir, and gets a "real" cat to deal with the mice (he's mouse-phobic). Typical Church Mice pandemonium results.
There are some particularly wonderful details at the "Wortlethorpe Canine and Feline Resettlement Department" such as the treatment of the agressive cats ("cold baths twice daily until unaggressive") and the unfriendly dogs ("starve until friendly"), as well as a thrilling chase which culminates in the ruination of the official opening of the "Wortlethorpe Museum European Tea-Cosy and Muff Wing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2010
Graham Oakley is a genius! What makes this series so good is its combination of crazily humourous drawings and whimsical stories - Sampson's expressions as he reluctantly champions the mice are priceless, and in this one the Curate who comes to run the show whilst the Vicar is on holiday is another in a line of superbly hapless creations. Subtly subversive digs at the establishment are timeless, even if some of the clothing is rooted in the mid 1970s, and this is yet another triumph for the sublime Oakley.
on 14 August 2011
If all Children's books were so well written and illustrated, it would give birth to a new renaissance.
A refreshing antidote to its inane counterparts which tend to stupefy on the 5th or 6th reading never mind thereafter.
With any of the Church Mice books, you will never become bored of the clever illustrations and turns of phrase.