The mouse and his child book
The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban: moving metaphysics for kids | Books | The GuardianIt is about toy mice, yet the clockwork father and son move through a world in which small animals act out human dramas. The story shares commonalities with E. Townsend explains that The Mouse And His Child is clearly North American but has, for some reason, been far more popular in Britain, where it is regarded a classic. There is a distinctly Disney feel about it. These illustrations remind me more of Sir Quentin Blake, but with close attention to shade and tone which adds a slightly noir feel.
The Mouse and his Child (Novel, 1967)
The Mouse and his Child is a perfect book for the word-dreaming child. The tale of two tin wind-up mice in search of their own territory sings with incident, humour and emotion. At its heart is a story of family bonds that cannot be broken. And now Faber has reissued the illustrated novel as part of their classics series — in a neat square-ish volume with bright gold-embossed lettering — not quite fifty years after it first appeared in The novel begins around Christmas time in a toy store, where a cluster of toys wait for new homes and new futures. Soon the mouse and his child are bought, but before many years they are simply thrown away. The pair endures the peaks and valleys of life on the road after a tramp winds them and sends them out into the world.
As I've written here before, I'm not much of a re-reader. Nor do I like the idea of reading for comfort: when I read I want to be challenged, unsettled, disorientated. Nevertheless, there is one book which, when in gloomy moods and melancholy moments, I find myself picking up again and again. It's not — though it probably should be — the Book of Psalms, although I do find in, say, Psalm 51 a kind of resilience that is a supportive. It was not a book I ever read as a child. Given that I loved books such as The Phantom Tollbooth and A Turnbull's Mr Never-Lost my copy is now lost, and it seems difficult to track down; I would love to see if it accords with my memory of things like Seamus the Shadow, who was cut off with a farthing by his owner , it seems peculiar that nobody gave me a copy of it. I first read it after thrilling at Riddley Walker , and my charity-shop copy is now much-thumbed.
The Mouse and His Child is the story of two clockwork mice, a father and son.
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