Reviews for Mouse and His Child


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 December 2001
Gr. 4-up. First published in 1967 with illustrations by Lillian Hoban, this unusual book has had a small but devoted following, including many adults, who respond to its philosophical underpinnings and understated style. The original Booklist review described the book in these words: "An intricate but skillfully executed fantasy [that] chronicles the hazardous and heroic adventures of a broken windup mouse child and his father in search of happiness and security." This new edition includes new artwork by Small, who received the Caldecott Medal for So You Want to Be President? (2000), written by Judith St. George. Here, his dynamic yet sensitive black-and-white artwork will appeal to adults and children alike. The illustrations' economy of line, grace of expression, and underlying wit reflect the spirit and subtlety of the text. ((Reviewed December 1, 2001)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring
A wind-up toy mouse and his child undertake a dangerous quest in order to become self-winding. Although this cult classic has been packaged to appeal to middle-grade readers, the content isn't really appropriate for that age group. With its parable-like flavor and sly commentary on the human condition, it will likely once again find its place as a cult classic among high school and college students. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 September #1
Since its publication in 1967, book lovers have lauded Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child. Now 2001 Caldecott Medalist David Small's haunting charcoal-and-ink illustrations energize and elevate this moving tale of two toy mice that come to life. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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