Here Come the Mice

The Jet Stream Team (The Underdog Collection)

Fiction - Graphic Novel/Comic
162 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2024
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Author Biography

Reginald P. Howard (Reggie) is a self-proclaimed freelance illustrator who has been drawing for the love of art for over 40 years. Born in Amarillo, Texas in 1963, Reginald is the fifth of six siblings. This fun bunch is the offspring of Nona and Olin Howard, who still reside in Beavercreek, Ohio today. Aside from a few drawing classes in high school, Reggie’s drawing stems from being self-taught and self-refined. Today, he draws with much more purpose and meaning with publishing this book and, as an illustrator for a series of children’s books that his wife has authored recently.

Reggie has drawn freelance for a long time; however, his wife suggested, “instead of just drawing and doodling in your art book, why not package it up in the form of a book for others to see and enjoy?” Why not, he says.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Here Come the Mice is an illustrated sports adventure novel by Reginald P. Howard. After winning the D4 Championship three years in a row, Coach Howell, Head Coach of the Muskogee Tech Mice basketball squad, announces that he has been given tickets by Coach Milton Conner of the US Men's Basketball team to see them play at the Olympic Games in Paris, France. Soon, Howell's squad hops on the flight to France. However, on their way to Paris, their airplane accidentally brushes the wings of another plane, which happens to be carrying the US Men's Basketball team. The men's team unexpectedly finds itself stranded on a remote island while the Mice team enjoys their time in Paris. Now, the Mice must stand up and take the place of the men's team to win the gold medal.

Full of humor and heart, Here Come the Mice is a fascinating underdog sports story with a mousy twist. Reginald P. Howard drops the reader into the midst of the action from the get-go and keeps them entertained as they follow the adventures of a group of mice and their tryst with destiny. The plot is fast-paced and filled with unexpected and hilarious twists and turns that will have readers in stitches. The characters are likable, and you will find yourself rooting for them to overcome their challenges. While the Jet Stream Team's achievements on the court are laudable, I also enjoyed the men's team members and their struggles to survive on the island. This book is tailor-made for young readers, but even adult readers who enjoy sports will have a blast with it. I know I did!