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The Mouse and His Child (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – 28 Oct 1993

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (28 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140364552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140364552
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,515,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Brilliantly plotted... a spellbinder... it has a style that glows and crackles.' Spectator" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Funny, thought-provoking and moving, this much loved story is a true classic. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
I had this book as a child and read it several times - and still remember it very well many years later. The thing that really stayed with me was that it was a sad and moving story and was very different to all the "cheesy happy ending" type stories. it made me realise that not everything in the world was wonderful especially if you are a clockwork mouse!)I still have a copy of this wonderful book and will keep it for my daughter to read when she is older.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mills VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2000
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I read this twice as a kid, once more as a grown-up, and it's about time I read it again. Nothing remotely schmultzy about this. A wind-up mouse and his son are torn from their toy-shop world and forced to make their way, through war, a winter at the bottom of a pond, and slavery under Manny Rat. If there is redemption here, it is hard-won and difficult; if there are villains, they face the justice of their own judgement. This is such a profound yet accessible story that it's a minor miracle, and it's so good to see a book for children that doesn't begin by assuming they're stupid. A rightful classic.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2000
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Talking animals and toys. Syrupy sentimental fairytale, you think? Wrong.
This is astonishingly, heartbreakingly beautiful, with the most arduous, no make that harsh, journey you've ever done.
Will have you in tears, no question.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2000
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The mouse and his child are a tin wind-up toy who get thrown out into the world when they are thrown on the garbage heap. Their life and adventures really only begin when they would be considered rubbish by most people. Their quest to assemble a family and to become self-winding takes them through a varied and exciting series of adventures that most people would have difficulty enduring. It is a path frought with peril, but also a path of discovery and redemption. Do they come all right in the end? You'll have to read the book, won't you?
I have read "The Mouse and His Child" several times and each time I marvel at the imagination and humour I find in it. It is full of satire and punning and the characters are well rounded and interesting. It is unlike any other book I've ever read and I thoroughly enjoy it. Several lines from the book (or to be more precise, the recording of Peter Ustinov reading the story) have entered our family vocabulary. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes books like "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Phantom Tollbooth," "Alice in Wonderland," and the stories of E. Nesbit.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By infenix on 20 April 2006
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I didn't know Russell Hoban wrote for children until recently. His "Riddley Walker" is one of my all-time favourite adult books.

The Mouse and His Child turned out to be a supreme delight. A beautiful, inventive and imaginative book that pulled at my heartstrings from the first page and expertly sustained this powerful sensation until the end. It continues to affect me, and I've recently re-read it. It's one of the books that I like my friends to read.

Whether a 10yr old could manage it these days, I couldn't say. If you're getting it for a young child, you'd enjoy reading it to them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Ritchie on 19 Feb. 2006
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A deep, intelligent, powerful book clothed as childrens literature. This book works on several levels so it can be appreciated as a simple road tale, an adventure or as one of the deepest philosophical works ever written and all the more meaningful for being so accessible. As a 10 year old I read this and ended up staring sleeplessly at the ceiling pondering the issues raised. The only let down is the somewhat lazy conversion of the genuinely terrifying evil character of Manny Rat into a good guy.
Your children are not stupid. Buy this and make them think.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2003
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Like the other reviewers, i love this book, it is probably top of my list, i re-read it every year or so, never tire of it, and it is magical for adults and children alike, on all levels, purely a beautiful story, a parable, a thought-provoking book. If you don't have a copy, you should have, i regularly buy it when i find it second-hand and give it to friends and relatives. Try it, you'll think about the mice for a long time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
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This is probably one of the most memorable books I've ever read. I read it as an adult, so I can't really say what effect it would have on children, but it probably won't cheer them up much. While not actually a tragedy, it is a sad, forlorn journey touching on all the essential suffering and folly of life. All adults should read this book. I suppose it falls into the 'Lord of the Flies' school of children's literature, but really it's far more subtle and touching.
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