Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

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Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Books, 1986, c1971.
Edition: 2nd Aladdin pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780689206511
Call Number: OBRIEN
Characteristics: 233 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Subjects: Laboratory animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Sick children -- Juvenile fiction.
Widows -- Juvenile fiction.
Rats -- Juvenile fiction.
Mice -- Juvenile fiction.
Newbery Medal.
Additional Contributors: Bernstein, Zena - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Rats of NIMH


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Jul 05, 2017

bah. :/

AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

I read this every now and then and I always am so fascinated by the part where they describe the experiments they did to the rats in the NIMH lab. I love reading about science when it's written for people who don't get science; sort of like the mosquito dino DNA from Jurassic Park.
They made a BIZZARE movie of this too.

Sep 07, 2016

I currently reading it now and really like it.

Mar 07, 2016

I remember watching this movie many moons ago. It creeped me out as a child, especially the scene with the owl. So when this book came across my daughter's read list for school I decided to read it with her. I couldn't put the book down! It was so engaging. The peril...the decisions that had to be made. And from the first chapter I grew fond of Mrs. Frisby. She is the type of mom we all become when our families are threatened in any way. I was almost in tears at the ending, because we all know who died in the end. BUT the thought that he sacrificed himself to save another is reassuring in itself. What an amazing book!

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

When a farmer's plow destroys her home, poor Mrs. Frisby, a widowed fieldmouse, is faced with a serious dilemma. In desperation, Mrs. Frisby seeks the aid of the super-intelligent former laboratory rats of NIMH. O'Brien's novel is a gripping tale perfect for children 8+.

LippyLa Feb 17, 2015

This self-serious children's book involves the domestic troubles of Mrs. Frisby, with the intelligent rats of Nimh. Unlike other books, however, this one has an explanation for why the rats build elevators, plows and have electricity. Very enjoyable, although the ending made me think I need to read a sequel.

Mark_Daly Jun 21, 2013

This perfectly balanced and carefully thought-out animal tale -- think "Cricket in Times Square," only more serious and suspenseful -- will enthrall youthful and adult audiences alike. All the more striking for its unusual (for the genre) protagonist: a brave, perceptive lady mouse who is a caring single mother to boot! Suitable for family read-aloud storytimes. A timeless story, one of the very best.

Mar 24, 2012

I enjoyed reading this book as I grew up watching the movie. In some parts it elaborated further on parts that are short or not included in the movie, a better understanding of the story in general. But other parts of the movie ARE NOT in the book, the happen to be some of my favourite parts & I wasn't expecting that, so I'm somewhat disappointed. If you love the movie, I think you should read the book or vs.

osd2012 Jun 14, 2011

This is my favorite book

osd2012 Jun 14, 2011

This book is great!

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