The Mouse and His Child | Russell HobanThe Mouse and His Child is the story of two clockwork mice, a father and son. When the key in the father's back is wound, he dances in a circle, swinging his son up and down. They begin their existence in the warmth of a toy shop at Christmastime, surrounded by fellow windup toys; all the mouse child wants is for the lady elephant who rather puts on airs to be his mother, the seal who balances a ball on her nose to be his sister, and for them all to live in the elegant doll house on the counter. Alas, there is a long and difficult journey between the mice and any such hope of happiness. Soon they are sold to a family, and for several years are only brought out at Christmas.
The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
It can be rather startling and I would bet there would always be at least one or two children in the group who would be very upset by it. Like this: Like Loading. I'm finally finished. Get A Copy.I like them quite a lot. It can be read by children quite simply as a story of the adventures of clockwork toys, and by adults as a haunting human progress. Return to Book Page. Discarded, they quest anf dream of a family and a place of their own - magnificent doll.
Some of his works I can't place. You are so right about epigrams. The Mouse and His Child starts with a perfect image of childhood, a self-sufficient world existing wholly in the cyclical time:. Refresh and try again.
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Maria Nikolajeva uses this book as an example of a book which breaks away from bbook idyll established in the beginning? Type of work:? Like this: Like Loading But whether you read it as a child or as an adult, The Mouse and His Child needs to be on your list. Age range:.
Now let me explain. Toys that talk in secret. A quest for a home. Broken and discarded toys. Adventures and narrow-escapes. A power-crazy villain who rules over a motley team of toys.
Hoban's world is not a world I want to revisit, probably ever nook. Because the mouse and his child cannot wind themse. They eventually succeed. Then I felt it got stodgy and seemed a bit of a ramble and I set it aside.
Half way through its 10 chapters Chilld impatiently finished reading it myself one night! Age range:. I did not enjoy reading this book. About Russell Hoban.