The Mouse and His Child

The Mouse and His Child

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ISBN-13: 9780060223786
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/1967
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author


Russell Hoban's career spanned five decades in which he wrote more than sixty books, including such children's classics as Bedtime for Frances and The Mouse and His Child, adult fiction including Riddley Walker and Turtle Diary, and several collections of poetry and essays.



David Small is the illustrator of many award-winning books, including The Library, the Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, and the Caldecott Honor books The Gardener and One Cool Friend. He lives in Michigan with his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, and an outdoor cat named Mabel.



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The Mouse and His Child 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
tiamatq on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I read this because I remember seeing the movie as a child and being deeply disturbed by it. And yet, I think my sister and I watched it again and again. Parts of the story really stuck with me, so that once I got to them in the book, they were crystal clear in my memory. While this is a sweet and meaningful story, I'm just not really sure how to feel about it. I have trouble finding it's appeal to children - though I'm a lot older than a child and maybe I've lost touch with what would be an interesting read. This book reminded me a lot of The Phantom Tollbooth in its layers of meaning, but it just didn't have the same sort of magic that caught me up and has made me reread the book. I am glad that I finally read it and made the connection to the movie. And I think I've finally gotten over that donkey getting so brutally smashed... or maybe not. Eep!
debnance on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Don't be misled by this book's cover, with its gentle picture of a windup toy mousehand in hand with his small son. The Mouse and His Child is and isn't a children's book but it is not recommended for the soft hearted of any age. The title characters, a mouse and his child, are toys who seem quite astonished to find themselves in the world, moving from a toyshop to display items under a Christmas tree to, quite suddenly, the dump. Despite his father's doubts, despite the adversity of the world including the wicked Manny Rat, the child holds onto and attempts to realize his dream of finding and making his toyshop companions, a windup elephant and a windup seal, his mother and sister, and finding and making the toyshop's dolls' house his family home. I'm making it sound much more treacly than it is, however. There is hope and redemption in this story, but there is also cruelty and death. Like most good children's stories, it can be read simply as a wonderful adventure if you are ten or as a sophisticated fantasy with clever dialogue and deep meaning if you are twenty. I liked it so much that I went right back and read it again when I finished. I would caution against reading by or with the most sensitive of readers.
Samanthasrai on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I will endeavour to write a longer review later, but for now- I love this book. One of my favourite children's classics. Beautiful, evocotive, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting.
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Once started, I couldn't put this lovely story down. My 11 year old daughter is now similarly hooked by it. 'Charming' is the adjective that seems to best describe this book. I've always been fascinated by those 'infinity' pictures that feature so heavily in this novel in the form of the last visible dog on the can of dog food. I was also delighted with the secret of the mice's success - to break the circle and keep moving forward.
LastCall on LibraryThing 6 months ago
My favorite book of all time. The most allegorical American novel since Moby Dick.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about mechanical mice, a dad and child, that wish to escape a toy store, but their situations are cleverly used as the metaphor for people and animals alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I thought it was boring and the characters were negative. I didn't enjoy reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this film when I was ten years old and it left its imprint on me in ways I've only now begun to discover. Amazingly, the story that just seemed terribly sad to me as a child bloomed into a philosophical study equal to some of history's greats. Read the book twice (at least) ... Once for the beauty of the story as the journey unfolds for the wind-up Mouse and his Child ... then read it again to appreciate the toys' achievement of self-actualization. Just remember, keep the box of Kleenex nearby ... You'll definitely need it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when I was four. For years I dreamed about it, then I read the book and fell even more in love with this story. Its so nice to find a book and movie that follow so close to each other and leave such a lasting impression. Its a book I plan on reading over and over again and one day passsing it on to my own children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember falling in love with this story in the second grade. I have been searching for a copy for several years, and I am ecstatic that it's finally back in print! A must for children and anyone who loves small critters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the best books ive ever read. It was a very cool story and really original. It had everything in it. From talking toys to a crazy muskrat.I liked the way the book circled around a father mouse and a young mouse instead of a mother and son story. It was cool that the mice were toys(they were wind up toys.) Some parts were sad but it was a good kind of saddness. When i showed my mom the book she said, Isnt that kind of young for you(it had really nice illustrations) I said nooo look how cute the cover is. I admit i judged this book by the cover at first. It would be a most enjoyable book for people of the ages 5-105. It had a lot of valuable lessons in it for everyone. It was one of those books that different people could get different messages from. It was a touching story.I HOPE U BUY AND READ IT!