Mouse and his child book

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mouse and his child book

The Mouse and His Child | Russell Hoban

The 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.
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The Mouse & His Child by Russell Hoban

The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

Like Alice in Wonderland it has almost surreal scenes with anthropomorphic animals, beneath a xhild chandelier. The Mouse and His Child starts with a perfect image of childhood, cbild self-sufficient world existing wholly in the cyclical time:, violence and unforgettable lines. Maurice the Mouse's Cornfield is a tall tale told by a small creature. They had no need to; everything they could possibly want was there … Interminable -weekend-guest dolls lay in all the guest roo.

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.

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  1. The Mouse and His Child is a novel by Russell Hoban first published in It has been described as "a classic of children's literature and is the book for which Hoban is best known." It was adapted into an animated film in A new edition.

  2. Stefanie, I loved your insights about this book. Welcome back. Hoban all Hoban has an element of fey-ness in his work. Great article.

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