The Mouse and His Child

The Mouse and His Child

Book - 2001
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Two discarded toy mice survive perilous adventures in a hostile world before finding security and happiness with old friends and new.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780439098267
Branch Call Number: HOBAN R
Characteristics: 244 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Small, David 1945-- Illustrator


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Mar 25, 2020

So not a children's book unless you think a dark existential fable is fit for the young'uns. Hoban's creation is brilliant and unusual, and full of symbolism and depth. It asks no easier questions than what is the meaning/reason for life and is light possible without dark? I won't shake this one any time soon.

Oct 09, 2019

A very interesting "children's" book. A lot of reviews address this book as dark. I would rather say that it addresses issues we would not normally find ourselves talking to children about and maybe should, especially in this day in age, when it is expected all to be well and all to succeed and the like. Where there is no failure, where life is definitely a struggle, and that without hope and faith, there is little else to sustain us. Things that need to be discussed with children. There are bad things in this world and one does not always get what they want and in many cases defeat is a great learning tool.

This book address a lot of issues and I believe it should be read first by the perspective parent, so they can be prepared to answer and thoroughly discuss the questions children, with their innocent perspectives, are going to come up with.

Jun 12, 2019

A classic read that makes you question identity, family, and home.

One of the best children's novels with lots of depth for even adults reading it.

Dec 16, 2009

A classic story for readers from Grade 4 right through to adult, The Mouse and His Child offers adventure, comedy, and deep psychological insights into the human condition. It is the story of two wind-up toys, a father and son with a tender relationship and a strong desire to have a home of their own. Literary references, as to poetry by Keats, (the glass eyes of the fish lures, "staring in wild surmise") are an example of the way this tale can be enjoyed on many levels. Charming pencil and ink illustrations by David Small in the Arthur Levine 2001 edition update the original, which was first published in 1967. Since the book begins and ends at Christmas time, this is a perfect choice for family holiday reading.


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