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After reading Charlotte's web and loving it, I figured I should give this one a try. Unfortunately, I must say I HATED HATED this book. Nothing makes sense, is Stuart a mouse? Or does he _look_ like a mouse? Why did they think having a cat and mouse and birds living together a good idea? Stuart's car is invisible? Why? No explanation ever given. I still cringe at the fit Stuart throws in his date with Harriet. Then, the end is so sudden. My child took some convincing that there was not a part 2. All that said, skip this and read Charlotte's web instead, it is a beautifully written story. This one just feels... unfinished to say the least, too many loose ends.
Stuart Little by E.B White is about a mouse named Stuart Little on the quest to find his lost friend Margalo who was warned that one of Snowball the cat’s friends is going to eat her. I enjoyed reading this book, the book is very enjoyable for anyone, no matter their age. The wording was simple and easy to understand. Overall it is a good book others should read.
The writing of E. B. White is a delightful thing. Bits of child-story are mixed with elegant and graceful prose. Throughout the book the words are crisp, efficient, and strung together into the most sublime and dear sentences. Many of the elements of the story are typical of White; strange bits of fantasy that are accepted by everyday folk with only the most cursory of questions. Everywhere in the book are small phrases that mean big things. A very enjoyable read.
A must-read classic. Although it is slightly dated given the setting, the appeal remains.
I love the concept of a mouse living with humans, I really like how a mouse actually could be helpful living with us, like how he rescued his mothers wedding ring.
Story seems all over the place and the ending really made no sense. I read this to my children for bedtime and they had so many unanswered questions. What about his family that he left? What happened to his bird friend that ran away?
This is one of those books that I never read as a child. As a parent, I thought I'd gear up to read it to my kids... and became unsure as to WHY exactly it's a classic. I find the situation kind of weird, and not that compelling. It's a mix of chapter "short stories" that don't necessarily add up to much. Sorry Stuart Little lovers, I was underwhelmed. And I love a good children's story.
Similarly to the commenter before me this was among the first books I ever remember reading around 1954 in a grammar school library. Loved it then and love it now.
This is probably the first book I read (as a kid) that had an such an ambiguous ending. It was mindblowing at the time. After rereading it as an adult, I picked up sly messages I missed previous (Stuart teaches prejudices against mice are bad, but justified against rats, for instance).
For kids and adults.
Is this the first book for kids with ADHD? The story is jarringly disjointed with little holding it together and even less holding the reader. The prose is sweet, but why is Stuart stopping to fulfill his previously-unbeknownst dream of being a substitute teacher for a day when he is supposed to be searching for his missing best friend? Another side adventure of Stuart’s shows that he can’t seal the deal with the tiny ladies, and it also seems unlikely that he will find his friend.
Okay, so now I've got my little mouse character out on the road looking for his friend the bird, and--oh, this looks like a great place to stop. End of story.
I mentioned this in an ongoing review series called "Book Versus Movie."