I only vaguely remembered this film from my childhood - it was a favourite but no one else seemed to have heard of it. As such, it makes a brilliant gift for any child who is likely to have some Disney DVDs already.
I particularly like the fact that all the main characters are female - the kidnapped-but-constantly-trying-to-escape girl, the Rescuer and the 'baddie' - and none of them are dressed in pink! I think it really helps girls to see themselves reflected in a range of ways, but very few Disney films have one main female character, let alone more. The male mouse Bernard is also shy and kind and polite, but courageous in the end - a great role model for kids who are a… Read more
The start of this book is really good and quite emotional and I really did want to get to the end to find out what happened. However, as the book went on it seemed to keep getting distracted by fairly irrelevant back story, the main characters never really 'fleshed out' into real people, and I began to be irritated by the constant new parts - almost as though the writer was bringing I new things to keep the story going. The 'twist' was both very big and very small and actually made me feel like I'd been lied to. And after we found out about this, the book kept going until it reached a happy ending, which felt overly long and a bit forced.