Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

The Mouse and His Child is a strange, lovely little book. It is rightly labeled “young adult literature” for its occasional dark themes and moments of gritty action. The story centers around two wind-up toys, a tin mouse and his son and their pursuit to become “self-winding”. Along the way they make many important discoveries about life and love and happiness. It’s a story about hope in despair and the courage to make dreams come true. In short, it is a very adult fairy tale. And I was charmed by it. One of the reviewers at Amazon called this “One of the best unread books for children”. He’s right.


Cathy said...

Thanks for this, Hope!

Cathy (in Chicago)

Jenny said...

This always looked a bit sad to me, but it was my sister's favorite book when she was a kid. I've never read it. I guess I should!

Janet said...

Hmm... Sounds interesting! I've never heard of this one, but I know Russell Hoban has a much longer booklist than many of us are aware of.

I'm going to see if our library has this.

Amy said...

This sounds intriguing!