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The Mouse and His Child

by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by David Small

Published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Press, 2001
244 pages
ISBN: 0-439-09826

Ages 10 - 14

An extraordinarily handsome new edition of a classic fantasy about a clockwork mouse and his father set in a junkyard involves their attempts to escape from Manny Rat. They want to become self-winding. There's a mysterious Last Visible Dog (spell that last word backwards), and a tramp whose Christmas Eve benediction is "Be happy." This fantasy novel first published in England in 1967 is an enormously satisfying novel. The author is same Russell Hoban who wrote the greatly beloved Francis books for preschoolers, as well as many renowned novels for adults such as Turtle Diary and Riddley Walker. The pen-and-ink drawings gracing many of its pages were created by David Small, a noted American artist of children's books who is quoted as saying this book considered to be one of the great works of its century is one of the reasons he went into children's literature. CCBC categories: New Editions of Old Favorites; Fiction for Children. (GMK; Dec 3) 2001 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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