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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."