Orville Mouse is on YouTube!

The first two chapters of the Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds audiobook are now on YouTube!  The book was narrated by the very talented veteran voice actor Jason Zenobia. He truly brings the characters to life!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_YEK61OvXQ

The full audiobook is available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Orville-Mouse-and-the-Puzzle-of-the-Clockwork-Glowbirds-Audiobook/B07FGFDYK6

 

 

Why did I write the Orville Mouse series?

Why did I write the Orville Mouse series?

Two reasons. Both of them are my grandchildren.

In today’s world it’s hard to find good role models for kids. So much anger, prejudice, divisive thinking, and the all too prevalent desire for instant gratification. A tough world to raise kids in. So along came Orville Mouse and his best friend in the world, Sophia Mouse.

Orville is a very intuitive, empathetic mouse possessing a stunning imagination and a deep curiosity. He’s also scared of a great many things, unlike Sophia, a daredevil brilliant mouse who “dropped like a bossy know-it-all gift from above into Orville’s life”. The two best friends embark on their amazing interdimensional adventures, along the way overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles without ever resorting to violence. They help each other overcome personal fears and loss, while coming to understand that a creature’s true inner self is far more important than it’s outer physical form. I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’ll just say my grandkids love these books, as do their friends. The stories are written simply, but with many layers. I have readers who are 9 and readers who are 90.

This is taken from a review on Amazon:

“If you are a quiet, gentle, kind soul, these books are for you — old or young. If you like a wildly imaginative, strapping-good adventure full of small acts of great love, these books are for you. If you enjoy science, philosophy, and dignity-for-all these books are also for you.

My daughter and I often refer to these characters and concepts which have ignited our imaginations throughout the course of our days. I love that we have common content to discuss and ponder together. Most of all, we can’t shake the way reading these books makes us feel: Joyful and Hopeful!”

Orville Mouse audiobook now available!!

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Hi everyone! The Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds audiobook is finished and is now available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon!

https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Orville-Mouse-and-the-Puzzle-of-the-Clockwork-Glowbirds-Audiobook/B07FGFDYK6

My hat is off to Jason Zenobia, the incredibly talented voice actor who brought all these wonderful characters to life. It was a joy working with him, discussing the personality of each character, working on the different voices. He is truly the consumate professional, so easy to work with, creative, a perfectionist, and best of all he has a work ethic equal to mine. Thank you, Jason! You did an amazing job!

And in case you were wondering — Proto is hilarious and Draken Mouse is sooooooo evil!! And don’t even get me started on the Thirteenth Monk! So much fun!!

 

 

 

Reviews in for Sagacious Sapling!

Here are some highlights from the first four editorial reviews on Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling. All four reviews were 5 stars!

Reviewed By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
Another wonderful book from this author. I am thrilled at how well Tom Hoffman incorporates science and language skills into the story, as well as encouraging children to be accepting and kind to others. Fabulous descriptions, incredible adventure sequences, strong support for the values of a good education, and being a friend to others are only part of what makes Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling such a wonderful book. Tom Hoffman does a magnificent job in portraying the depth and breadth of science at work in the world around us, and constantly yet subtly encourages the acceptance of others that may be different. As Book 5 in the series, it would be a good idea to read the others first so that you have a complete understanding of the references that are made throughout this volume, but reading all of the Orville Wellington Mouse Adventure stories is certainly a great idea for plenty of reading fun.

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Orville and Sophia’s friendship is a joy to revel in, and their growing closeness never seems to preclude their shared penchant for joking, teasing and making sure neither one of them gets too full of themselves. Hoffman’s fondness for his Metaphysical Adventurers shines out on every page, and his delight in their companionship is quite infectious. As I began reading, I soon felt as though I had come home again and was hoping, along with Proto, that an adventure was indeed afoot. Hoffman transcends genres with his Orville and Bartholomew Rabbit series. While undeniably cracking good epic fantasy, there’s a vibrant strain of steam punk, metaphysics, high-tech science fiction and good old-fashioned adventure running through each of his books, and this one is no exception. I loved the time traveling aspect of the story as well as Proto’s well-measured insights into sentience and awareness of self.

Proto comes into his own most wonderfully in this book. Watching as he becomes friend and mentor to Leaf is an awe-inspiring thing. I’m most definitely looking forward to Hoffman’s next book. While this is the last in his Orville Mouse series, I don’t doubt for one moment that Orville, Sophia, Proto and Leaf are out there looking for puzzles, finding fearsome monsters for Proto to delight over and indulging in snapberry pie and tasty little cakes. Those adventures don’t end, even if the series has drawn to a close. Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling is exciting, fast-paced and a lot of fun to read. It’s most highly recommended.

Reviewed By Joel Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite
No need to reveal the plot line of Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling. Tom Hoffman’s uniquely appealing creation, mighty but fearful Orville, declares it precisely: “Let’s go save the universe.” What does need mentioning is the incredibly satisfying and stimulating camaraderie of Hoffman’s characters as they band together to fulfill – against some mighty intimidating and powerful odds – such an infinitely important mission. What holds readers glued to Hoffman’s books and keeps them coming back for more is the deeply human warmth and friendship shared between such small but courageous creatures. In the end, it is these friendships based on love and humor that assure our grand crusaders’ ultimate success. And, along the way, generous allotments of subtle wisdom and tasty snapberry pies for me. Er … for us, the appreciative readers.

Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite
Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling is my first foray into the work of Tom Hoffman and indeed his fantasy world of Orville Mouse. This book is the fifth adventure involving these characters and although it is not necessary to have read the previous books, it is always an advantage, I feel, to read a series in order. As a reader, once you get your head around the idea that this story is a fantasy adventure and indeed the two main characters are actually mice, the characters, their foibles and traits very definitely do grow on you. Orville and Sophia are truly sweet and adorable characters, but much of the humour and enjoyment I derived from the story came from the two offbeat characters; Proto (a robot of sorts) and of course, Leaf, the Sagacious Sapling. I loved the way they analysed Orville’s jokes and tried to replicate the humour themselves. The idea of logical thinking, programmed machines beginning to adapt and understand humour, while not novel, was definitely intriguing.

Hoffman has probably targeted the Orville Wellington Mouse sagas at the Young Adult market, but to be perfectly honest, I would suggest there is nothing in this book that would preclude it from being read at a younger age and also by older readers. It is a good, old-fashioned, swashbuckling adventure tale, whose two protagonists just happen to be a couple of mice. It is an excellent read and I would definitely recommend it.

Sagacious Sapling now on Amazon!

There’s going to be one less bottle of Pinot Grigio in the world tonight. Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling is now available in both Kindle and paperback format on Amazon. Oh, my. The last book in the series. It’s like sending your child off to college. My son once said, “Dad, you’re the only person I know who can look really happy and really sad at the same time.” That about sums it up. I’m going to miss my old pals Orville, Sophia, Proto, and Leaf. I can always close my eyes and check in on them though. Just to make sure Proto and Leaf aren’t getting into trouble. You know how those two are. You really have to keep an eye on them.

 

Complete set of five Orville Mouse books available on Amazon!

Just wanted to let everyone know the complete five book series (kindle) of Orville Mouse is now available on Amazon, including the brand new Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling. Here’s the link:

Once I get all the reviews back for Sagacious Sapling I’ll list it separately on Amazon. I’ve gotten two back so far, both 5 stars! Lots of funny stuff in this one. Here’s one of the reviews:

“Another wonderful book from this author. I am thrilled at how well Tom Hoffman incorporates science and language skills into the story, as well as encouraging children to be accepting and kind to others. Fabulous descriptions, incredible adventure sequences, strong support for the values of a good education, and being a friend to others are only part of what makes Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Sagacious Sapling such a wonderful book. Tom Hoffman does a magnificent job in portraying the depth and breadth of science at work in the world around us, and constantly yet subtly encourages the acceptance of others that may be different. As Book 5 in the series, it would be a good idea to read the others first so that you have a complete understanding of the references that are made throughout this volume, but reading all of the Orville Wellington Mouse Adventure stories is certainly a great idea for plenty of reading fun.”