Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye
I found this first Hermux Tantamoq Adventure surprisingly delightful. Hermux is a mouse who makes watches and sort of accidently has adventures. I'm usually not that interested in books about talking animals, but the social commentary in this was funny and clever and unexpected, the story entertaining, and Hermux was gentle and sweet. It's geared for ages 10 and up.