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The Mouse and His Child
     

The Mouse and His Child

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by Tamsin Oglesby, Russell Hoban
 

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Acclaimed as a classic of 20th century children's literature, The Mouse and His Child follows two clockwork mice who are thrown onto the scrap heap and begin a dangerous quest for a new place to belong. Russell Hoban's masterpiece has served as the inspiration for countless stories about what happens in the toy box when we're not looking.

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Acclaimed as a classic of 20th century children's literature, The Mouse and His Child follows two clockwork mice who are thrown onto the scrap heap and begin a dangerous quest for a new place to belong. Russell Hoban's masterpiece has served as the inspiration for countless stories about what happens in the toy box when we're not looking.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
First published in 1967, The Mouse and His Child amazed audiences with its tale of a wind-up pair of toy mice, a father and son, who seek freedom from the toy store. Along their journey, they must surpass the clutches of Manny Rat in the dump and embrace the sporadic wisdom of Uncle Frog. Filled with adventure, an intense message, and classic storytelling expertise, this compelling novel will catapult readers into another dimension.

Using sophisticated levels of symbolism and the timeless tale of struggle against adversity, author Russell Hoban weaves a tale that spans generations of readers. This new edition features artwork from Caldecott medalist illustrator David Small. These pen-and-ink illustrations capture the humor and adventurous tone of the book while remaining regal. The chapters all begin a with a full-page illustration, each more compelling that the one before.

Filled with hope, but infused with strong doses of reality, this wild tale is ready to enthrall a whole new audience. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
Since its publication in 1967, book lovers have lauded Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child. Now 2001 Caldecott Medalist David Small's haunting charcoal-and-ink illustrations energize and elevate this moving tale of two toy mice that come to life. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This beloved children's classic is back in a new edition, accompanied by brand new illustrations by Caldecott Medalist David Small. Father mouse and his child are wind-up toys, destined to dance together in endless circles. When their life as useful toys comes to an end, they find themselves at the dump, pursued and then enslaved by the evil Manny Rat. With the help of a soothsaying frog, the mice manage to escape. They set off on a twofold quest—first, to establish their own "territory," and second, to attain the ability to self-wind. They experience oodles of adventures along the way and meet a zany cast of characters, including an amusing one-legged muskrat who advises them that "Why times How equals What." In the end, the mouse and child vanquish Manny Rat and, of course, they see all of their dreams come true. Whimsy and Swiftian satire abound in this high-spirited adventure novel. 2001 (orig. 1967), Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, $16.95. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This tale by Russell Hoban, originally published in 1967, follows a clock-work mouse attached by the hands to his little child as they look for a home, family, and a sense of belonging. By turns poignant and witty, allegorical and fantastic, the many animals and wind-up characters who populate the story are all dynamically portrayed in this audio version narrated by William Dufris. He deserves enormous credit for managing to make the audio sound like a full-cast recording. There seems to be no end to the voices, accents, and styles of speech he can muster, and as a result listening to this extended fable becomes enormously enriched. He keeps all the characters straight for listeners, and provides them with a life and appeal that actually adds quite a bit to the printed version. This tale in print has interested young people who enjoy Wind in the Willows-type characters but with a much more thoughtful, even philosophical storyline bolstered by situations humorous, tedious, and even frightening. The exceptional quality of the narration may bring even more listeners than readers to the story. Younger students who are exceptionally thoughtful listeners and readers would also find this appealing, and children listening to this version with their parents on a family trip would have a great deal to discuss and think about. A worthwhile addition to collections seeking to offer thought-provoking material to children.-Jane Fenn, Corning Painted Post West High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849434652
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Hoban was an American writer of fantasy, science fiction and poetry. However he is perhaps best known for his children’s tale The Mouse and His Child , which was made into an animated film in 1977.

Tamsin Oglesby is currently under commission to the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Hampstead Theatre. Her plays include My Best Friend, The War Next Door and Really Old, Like Forty-Five .

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the original book, but a play based on said book. Just a FYI.