The Mouse and His Child

The Mouse and His Child

Book - 1967
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A wind-up toy mouse and his child, broken and then mended, set out to find the animals and doll house with which they were in the toy shop. Along the way, they make enemies with a dump rat and have many adventures.
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1967]
ISBN: 9780439098267
Call Number: HOBAN
Characteristics: 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Toys -- Juvenile fiction.
Fantasy -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Hoban, Lillian


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quagga 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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