Synopsis: Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George and Snowball the cat. He’s an adventurous and heroic little mouse. When his best friend, a beautiful little bird called Margalo disappears from her nest, Stuart is determined to track her down. He ventures away from home for the very first time in his life and finds himself embroiled in one exciting adventure after another, making new friends and meeting old ones along the way.
Release Date: 3rd July 2014 (this version) 1945 (original version)
Format Read: Paperback
Genres: Children’s Classics, Middle Grade, Animals, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship
Review: First when even was this? I read it when I was a kid and honestly didn’t remember a thing so I wanted to read it again now as an adult and this is just not right like at all.
The characters seem to find it perfectly natural that a women gave birth to a mouse, they treat him like a human and allow him to do anything that he chooses to do without an issue; yet it is stated so many times he is a child. How is it then that he can go to the sail boats everyday or drive off in search of the bird he fell in love with? Shouldn’t he be in school learning? I guess not as he doesn’t act or get treated like he is a child.
This book was bizarre and not really in a good way either, I was thinking it would be more like the movie but it was a bit of the second movie and that was it, the rest was all so odd and not that great.
The story didn’t flow well, none of the chapters u til the end few even connected to each other, most of the writing was pretty drab and it wasn’t easy or fun to read. I was really excited for this book but was heavily let down by it.
This is by the author of Charlotte’s Web, so I don’t understand how this wasn’t good, or wasn’t written better with a full story but it wasn’t. This book didn’t even end, it was just suddenly over with nothing solved, nothing finished.
I don’t normally say this but watch the movies and forget the book exists, it’s not really worth your time at all. (gasp did I seriously say that?)
Where to buy: Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones, Amazon
About Author: E. B. White was born in New York in 1899 and died in 1985. He kept animals on his farm in Maine and some of these creatures crept into his books, such as STUART LITTLE which was made into a film in 2000 starring Hugh Lawrie.
E. B. White received many awards including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970, an award given every five years to authors who have ‘made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children’
2 thoughts on “Stuart Little – Classic Book Review”
I really loved the movies and I’m ashamed I didn’t know the book existed anyway 🙈
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Yes same the movies are really good. I was hoping that book would be great too but it was just odd and not very good.
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