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Martin's Mice (Young Puffin Story Books) Paperback – 26 Feb 2004
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"Martin, a kitten, is branded a wimp' by his siblings for his friendly interest in mice. He loves caring for them and can't understand their desire for freedom. Only when he becomes the pet of a big city apartment dweller does he realize why his pets deserted him. An engaging animal fantasy with plenty of humorous insight into the human condition, King-Smith's story has humor and a fast pace which will appeal to younger readers."--"School Library Journal (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dick King-Smith was a farmer for twenty years before becoming a writer, and most of his animal stories are based on his farming experiences. He won the Guardian Award with The Sheep-Pig, which became the blockbuster film Babe. Dick lives in Gloucestershire.
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An unusual cat from a young age, Martin never takes to killing and eating mice. As soon as he's able in fact, he captures one to keep as a pet.
Martin is a very responsible pet owner, bringing water and food, even a mate for Drusilla, but he can't understand why she's not happy in her bath-in-the-loft home. Until he experiences captivity himself...
A simple story, this is made a classic by its characters - Martin of course is the independent and unique cat determined to protect his pets. Drusilla is a plucky little mouse who speaks up for herself. Dulcie Maude a rather languid, uncaring mother. There are a few others that I won't spoil, but they all kept my son's interest.
As with all King-Smith's books, you get some natural history content, here about farm animals and mice that we enjoyed talking about.
The chapters aren't long, and the story moves quickly along with lots of interesting things happening, occasional danger and humour (some went over the head of my son). The language isn't always pitched at the level of the listener and I did re-word sometimes in order to keep the flow, but an older reader would be more comfortable with that aspect of the book.
We thoroughly enjoyed Martin's Mice, and have another by the author lined up!
In this first encounter with a real mouse Martin decides he'd much rather keep it as a pet and installs it in an old bathtub from which it cannot escape and where he can enjoy it properly.
Martins strange habits lead to series of, amusing, encounters with his feline family. His bloodthirsty brother, Robin, and sister, Lark, and his mother - "Right, I'm sick of feeding you kids now. You're on your own, maybe I'll see you around sometime" and his father Pug. As Martin grows up he is subject to being kept a prisoner himself as someones pet and, after a narrow escape, re-evaluates his passion for keeping mice as pets, but is he too late, will he ever see his pet mouse, his home or his family again ?
All the characters in this story are amusingly and convincingly written and the whole thing is a joy to read !
This is a fun story which teaches kids, in a fun way, the responsibilities of looking after a pet. It is a lot of work as Martin soon finds out. Martin also learns some other lessons of how Drusilla, a wild creature, feels cooped up in a bath! Important to note that the words "wimp", "fool" and "stupid" are used in this story for parents who like to not encourage their children to speak like that. VERY cleverly written story though with many plays on words that probably will go over younger kids heads but older kids and adults will appreciate. How about the fox named Alec Smart?!
Great book from our library that is not only well written but is also delightfully illustrated. Enjoy! Thanks, Liz
This is the book review written by Shane Cumiskey(aged 7).
I really liked this story and it put a smile on my face the whole way through.Once there was a cat, this wasn't any ordinary cat - he didn't like to eat mice.The cat's name was Martin. Martin lived with his mum, brother and sister.Martin wanted a mouse for a pet. He caught a girl mouse but he didn't know she was going to have babies.Her name was Drusilla.He kept them all in a bathtub but they didn't know that Martin's brother and sister were about and that they wanted to eat them. Then Martin got sold and he was kept as a pet. He found out that being a pet isn't much fun so when he returns home he decides to let Drusilla keep her freedom.
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