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  Mouse from Italy ready to challenge Potter
Updated 18 March 2002, 16.07
Geronimo reading one of his books
A mouse from Italy named after a piece of cheese is the latest hopeful trying to steal the success of Harry Potter.

  Talk about books

Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is a journalist and a private eye, and his adventures are almost as popular in Italy as JK Rowling's heroic wizard.

Geronimo at home
More than 1.6m Geronimo Stilton books have been sold in Italy, 1.1m behind the four Harry Potter books published so far.

Like Harry in this country, Geronimo has inspired many Italian children to read more often, and the green-suited mouse is also set to leap from the book to the screen in a cartoon.

Ready to take on the world

No one knows who really writes the books with Geronimo's name on the cover, but they've been busy over the last two years, because 34 books about the mouse have been published!

And having taken Italy by storm, Geronimo is ready to take on the rest of the world, with his books ready to go on sale in Brazil, Belgium, France, Japan, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal and Spain.

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