Three Terrible Trins

Three Terrible Trins

by Dick King-Smith, Mark Teague
     
 

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Within the walls and under the floorboards of Orchard Farmhouse live three mischievous mouse brothers (a.k.a. the trins) who create constant commotion. "With his customary panache, King-Smith grabs the reader's attention from his opening sentence. And, sustaining his understated wit and rollicking pace throughout this breezy novel, the author never loosens his

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Within the walls and under the floorboards of Orchard Farmhouse live three mischievous mouse brothers (a.k.a. the trins) who create constant commotion. "With his customary panache, King-Smith grabs the reader's attention from his opening sentence. And, sustaining his understated wit and rollicking pace throughout this breezy novel, the author never loosens his grip."—Publisher's Weekly. Illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"At six o'clock on the morning of her birthday, Mrs. Gray's husband was killed and eaten." With his customary panache, King-Smith (Babe: The Gallant Pig; Harry's Mad) grabs the reader's attention from his opening sentence. And, sustaining his understated wit and rollicking pace throughout this breezy novel, the author never loosens his grip. Because this is the third husband she has lost ("I really know how to pick 'em"), Mrs. Gray-a mouse who, living in the attic, belongs to the highest of Orchard Farm's four social strata-vows she will never marry again. Instead, she pledges to devote her time to the education and upbringing of Thomas, Richard and Henry, her three "trins" (``another word for triplets''). Under her firm but loving tutelage, the gutsy brothers distinguish themselves among the house's mouse population and manage (in several funny scenes) to get rid of the farm's feline occupants. And when the trins inadvertently find their mother a new husband-a Cellarmouse who is worthy despite his lowly birth-the author subtly lets an vital message shine through the merriment. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 7-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Widowed for the third time, Mrs. Gray, an Attic mouse, devotes herself to training her ``trins'' (short for triplets), preparing them to banish the two cats from the old house at Orchard Farm. Her three sons become a remarkable fighting team known throughout the four mice communities (Attics, Ups, Downs, and Cellars). With the help of a Cellar, they banish the felines, but the foul-tempered Farmer Budge, who hates mice more than he does cats, proves harder to manage. In spite of kindly Mrs. Budge's attempts to protect them, the rodents face enormous dangers until they are able to bring about a truce. King-Smith excels in creating vivid characters and a fast-paced plot. The lively mice, though anthropomorphized, keep their rodent identities, which makes their courage and physical prowess all the more breathtaking. Farmer Budge (vaguely reminiscent of Roald Dahl's Twits [Knopf, 1981]) succeeds admirably as the nasty protagonist. All in all, a delightful romp, illustrated with humorous black-and-white drawings, that will appeal to readers who enjoy fantastic animal stories.- Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME

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ISBN-13:
9780679885528
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
925,677
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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