The Mouse and His Child The mouse and his child are discarded into the rubbish after Christmas. Forced to join the ruthless Manny the rat, they remain indomitable – with the help of their guardian angel, a self-absorbed frog trapped in an old glove. Full description
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it was amazing
Simply stunning — the story of a wind-up mouse & his son and their adventures in the cold mean world beyond the nursery. This is no Velveteen Rabbit, however. After being thrown out in the trash and fixed by a transient, the clockwork toys find themselves enslaved to a greedy rat who rules the dump on the edge of town. Although they eventually manage to escape his clutches, the rat doggedly follows them as they bumble from crisis to crisis, dependent on the mercies of the strangers they mee
I loved this book because of the humanity of these characters — their emotions run the gamut: tired, scared, exasperated, hopeful, despondent, sentimental, joyous, and so on. The relationship between the father mouse and his son is realistic and touching. Beyond the adventures and narrow escapes from the evil rat, there is profound philosophy to be found in these pages. The big questions are here — what is the purpose of life? what is beyond the great beyond? how do we continue to soldier on in the face of constant defeat and despair? But there are no pat and simple answers here. And the writing is simply beautiful. I found myself needing to slow down and drink in Hoban’s imagery, as much as I wanted to skip ahead and find out what happened next.
I never read this book as a child, and I am envious of those who grew up with it because it seems to me to be the sort of book that takes on different meaning and gains resonance for the reader as she grows up. I’m looking forward to reading it again in a few years.