June 30, 2021

#BookReview: Delphine and the Silver Needle by @alyssamoonbooks

Synopsis: To unravel any mystery, find the knot.

When Delphine, a young orphaned dressmaker mouse living in the walls of Cinderella''s château, stumbles upon an enormous secret, it upends everything she thought she knew: The magical tailor mice of legend really existed. Racing to stay ahead of King Midnight, the fearsome leader of the rats who is bent on harnessing age-old magic, Delphine embarks on an epic quest to uncover the truth about the past. Joined by Alexander, the most pompous noblemouse in the royal court, she travels a perilous route, encountering strange enemies and unlikely allies along the way.

Can Delphine uncover the truth and save the kingdom? Or will the evil King Midnight succeed in harnessing the power of the tailor mice? This action-packed novel is sure to be a hit with readers who like magic, adventure, and very tiny heroes with very big hearts.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This story that deals with the mice from the world of Cinderella was so adorable!! I love when side characters get their own stories.  This cute story follows one of the mice that has her own adventure with the court while Cinderella’s own story is going on in the background. 

I do wish that the main story of this book would have been weaved more with the main mice from Cinderella as well as Cinderella herself.  As these were only done in passing and are not any kind of main theme in the story.  

Overall, this was a very cute story for fans of the Cinderella tale. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Delphine appeared one night as a young mouseling on the steps of the Chateau Desjardins (aka Cinderella's abode), wrapped in a cloth with a human-sized needle. Now grown, she has never quite felt like she belongs in the mouse community, though she took pleasure in her passion for sewing. Soon after Delphine sews an exquisite gown for the mouse princess, her mysterious origins catch up with her. The rats, who have had a treaty with the mice for the last 100 years, attack her in an attempt to steal her needle. Delphine's daring escape with the dashingly obnoxious Sir Alexander (Delphine does not need rescuing, thank you very much) is the beginning of a quest to find out who she is and how she fits into the ancient magical order of the Threadeds. Along the way, she awakens the magic in the needle and herself as she realizes not all in the order are gone. This anthropomorphic animal story offers a new perspective on the typical "Cinderella" story, while hearkening back to the "Redwall" series, complete with an abbey run by a badger. The mood of this fairy-tale adventure is both exciting and reassuring, and the fast-paced plot gives enough clues to keep readers guessing without making all the connections. This first installment ends on an exciting cliff-hanger. VERDICT A delight of a quest story that will fill the need of readers seeking a fractured fairy tale, talking animals, or just a quick-moving adventure.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury P.L., MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Alyssa Moon grew up in the Pacific Northwest, which explains her undying enthusiasm for rainy weather. She does her best writing in tea shops, independent bookstores, and at home under her grapefruit tree. She lives in Southern California with her husband and her cat, Picklepop (the “real” Cornichonne). Delphine and the Silver Needle is her debut novel.

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